DP showed up, it was probably after midnight, but there he was seeing who was around working still.
If you're not aware of artists and their tendencies... you won't understand that those of us who get it, understand the work ethic involved.
He left. I glued that cover onto the painting right where he held it. I painted some more but to me that completely fixed the composition and made the piece.
The next day DP walked into my studio and started to laugh. And if you know DP he has a couple different laughs. One is when he finds something you said truly funny and one when he thinks you are a little twisted in the head. The latter was the laugh I heard. "I meant you needed something bold here in this place, I didn't mean you should use the cap." We both laughed. But then he said, "But goddamn, it actually works."
DP is influenced by the gestalt of life. Art history and music play into his experiences with the environment and his kids. He weaves meanings. Nothing is sacred or off-limits. He tackles art more than he finesses it, yet he gets subtle as well as the next guy.
His titles became a part of the pieces themselves by adding an unseen or hidden layer.
Missile silos on the ground where coyotes roamed, toxic waste dumps tossed into spaces by corporations who couldn't care less.
By the early 90s when I met DP he was working on a family that includes five children. His art production slowed a bit, but his ideas about the environment were fine tuning. The following pieces where from a show in the early to mid 90s when he showed mostly work he had done in previous years. I remember this show because it was one of the first painting shows that was an entire installation I had rvrt experienced. He and I would talk about this concept for the next few years.
He was exploring space and boundaries and the picture plane wasn't sacred to him. If breaking out of the frame or jutting out from the surface let him say his peace then you as the viewer just had to deal with it. His show in Slippery Rock was one the viewer had to navigate, not just look at.
Week one post: http://richardsayerphotojournalism.weebly.com/eight--322/featured-artist-of-the-july-dp-warner