50 years ago, I started to record the sensations of my experience in paint. I’ve since discovered thatexperience is the circus of the fantastical.
Shadow Chair from Giebink’s Circus Fantastical:
Imagine that there is a two-dimensional, parallel realm populated by the shadows cast from our three dimensional one. Imagine too that those Shadows cast their own three-dimensional shadows back into ours. They create a realm for lucid dreaming*. Much of my sculpture is furniture from this shadow-land, in fact I’ve built a room where the rules of gravity don’t apply. This is my Circus Fantastical, the project I’ve been working on for 40 years.
The tall, stretched chair in this show is built from the tracing of the shadow that a regular chair cast across my living room floor in strong morning light. This chair is the three dimensionalization of that shadow. I later found out that a spot-light put in exactly right location above this chair casts a shadow that looks like the chair that cast the original shadow. Curious, no?
*A lucid dream is any dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. The state is both waking and dreaming simultaneously.
Small Images: From Where I Stood
I wander a lot and sit down sometimes. There I try to record my experience as an image in paint. Sometimes an hour, sometimes eight or anywhere in between (but never more than one sitting). Early on those were largely literal depictions, even if somewhat abstracted. Over the years I found that the literal, for instance blue sky, green grass, photographic perspective, couldn’t get across what I experienced. Perhaps cadmium red clouds set in a viridian green sky better rendered the brilliance of the blue sky and white clouds I was seeing. Compositions fluxed for the same reasons; the perspective container, as it might be seen in a photograph, no longer pertains to what I’m doing.
I was remembering paintings by Vermeer... and my experiences making little casein paintings... all at once... while making the large oil painting.