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Carson

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about me
Gently ironic, world-weary, post punk misanthrope.
I'm an artist / painter.

Right now I live in Sarasota, Florida, because all of my money is tied up in real estate, and nobody's buying anything right now - at least, not for more than a third of what it's actually worth. The only place I can afford to live is the condo that I inherited from my mother, who died last year, on the 21st of May.
Normally, I'm nomadic, never stay in one place for more than a year or two; don't have any possessions except for what I can carry on the iron birds. So far I've lived in 7 of the other USA States (Texas, New York, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon) and 6 other countries (Bahamas, Jamaica, St-Barth, Costa Rica, Sweden, and Mauritius). I prefer warm places, but anywhere with a left coast will do - for a while.

I've been working on something that I call "The Ocean Series" for 30 years. I guess you could say that this conflation of a traditional marine sunset with a color-field painting, something that originally crossed my mind sometime back in 1978, has turned out to be a fairly fertile idea for me. Call it a Remodernist approach to the color-field tradition if you like, but I'm not trying to deconstruct anything, fit into any category, or prove any theories.

The central theme in my painting is the search for stillness, the sort of profound and lucid calm that is the result of meditation or contemplation; another main theme is the relationship between humans, the ocean, and the atmosphere. The intent of my work is to create an ambiance where the spiritual dimension of this relationship can be experienced.

Once in a while a commercial gallery will invite me to do an exhibition.

Solos include: Sarah Rentschler Gallery, NYC, NY, USA, 1980
Samadhi Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA 1982
Galleria Expressiva, San Jose, COSTA RICA, 1987
Norro Gruppen Konstgallerie, Stockholm, SWEDEN, 1991
Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL, USA, 1994
Sekanina Contemporary Arts, Ferrara, ITALY, 2003
Elevator Gallery, Venice Beach (LA) California, USA, 2005.

When I'm not painting I mostly spend the time walking or sitting on the beach, staring at the ocean. I meditate. I surf when I can. I take part-time work when its available; have had quite a variety of dead-end, no-brainer jobs, some of which I liked. I've got an MD degree from the University of Texas that I've chosen to ignore. You might also say that I have the equivalent of a PhD in "coping".

What did I was just sit and stare at the ocean for thousands of hours plus I surfed and went out on boats every chance I got. But the main thing was to sit and contemplate the ocean, I mean real mystical style contemplation in a trance state. And I made sketches, reams of pencil sketches on newsprint pads with circles and arrows and notes about the way the patterns on the water were formed and changed and the colors.

You or anyone could do the same thing it just requires a sort of monomania that most people don't have or want. I mean I literally spent my entire life for this. But in the end I did manage to produce a few paintings that have the quality of something much loved and long remembered, and that's perhaps what some people see in them.
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