Magdalena

  2018   80x50X6 inches  Oil on canvas ,over sculpted foam on panel, three dimensional ,sculpted female, polished bronze hair  Signed by artist lower left front, signed dated back

2018

80x50X6 inches

Oil on canvas ,over sculpted foam on panel, three dimensional ,sculpted female, polished bronze hair

Signed by artist lower left front, signed dated back

Her pose is self-reflective, Magdalena is internalized and self-possessed. Her back turned to the artist and the viewer; she cares not. She is contemplative and self-aware, John Paul’s Mona Lisa.

A mighty expanse of alizarin crimson blood flows within; carrying teardrop forms, the lime colored forms, highlighted with zinc yellow.

These forms, her protean DNA, emerge from a winding internal canyon of deep burgundy, which defines the perimeter of her body in the picture. The forms are buoyant, gathering upward, seeking to manifest the woman in the world; another victory in sport or profession, or another loving act as wife and friend. This is my child.

A spring palette surrounds her. The twenty-five carved pieces of canvas are interposed to undulate and counterpoint one another, ever redirecting the viewers’ attention back to the subject, forming a colliding garden of moving components around her. In the background, textural spring floral oil paint mixed with sand flutters and stumbles across an azure hue of pale blue sky behind.

A competitive swimmer and triathlete, I have watched Magdalena remove her swim cap on the pool deck a hundred times after a race. Her long dark burnt umber hair would fall onto and through a waiting hand as she briefly groomed it and strained the water out . The long-mirrored shock of hair arises from the nape of her neck, arches over her head and passes down the length of a strong athletic torso and leg.

Effortlessly kneeling and passively stretching a limb, the cascade of polished bronze reaches her lower femur, It curves inward toward the other leg. I intend this long bronze metal shape to be perceived as a path of energy, originating in her spiritual center and returning to her lower body, thereby sustaining a continuum of graceful repose.

Her gesture is of course one of fixing her reddish mane (cut copper pate). I prefer a simple unpretentious act of self-maintenance, as it refers to herself, not a watching world.

The composition is two stacked rectangles. The lower has the back leg cutting diagonally through, upward (with elbow on knee) the upper rectangle, has the head and neck moving diagonally through upward in parallel, to aforementioned leg in bottom rectangle.

Lady in Waiting

  2018   78x56X6 inches  Oil on canvas, over sculpted foam on panel, three dimensional, sculpted female, copper hair  Signed by artist lower left front, signed dated back

2018

78x56X6 inches

Oil on canvas, over sculpted foam on panel, three dimensional, sculpted female, copper hair

Signed by artist lower left front, signed dated back

“Lady in Waiting” is the muse of course. By that I mean, the presentation relies on the general map of a woman’s physical anatomy, totally impersonal, something which we know in a generic sense, she is no one in particular. No culture, race or political agenda or philosophy…only gender. The geometric forms, substitute her body parts and copper hair with abstract shapes, not realistically fashioned, lacking details of identity; not a specific person. Yet the structural architecture of feminine form prevails. It is an armature to compose a color and textural composition, to which I gave my full energy for three months in 2018.

The muse in the artistic context provides the possibility of much more in meaning, much less in identity. The power of symbolism replaces the power of ideological reason. Often one hears spoken; “what women want” or “what women think”. These statements always impress me as presumptuous. In symbolic presentation, the physical muse has a chance to get closer to woman.

Her existential being is presented as structure and Art. She is not illustrated, photogenic or nuanced. This image is not indebted to reality.

Further emphasizing her as symbol, the physically deepest and darkest part of this picture, closest to the unconscious, is her face...and it is absent. The absent face emphasizes the depth of the unconscious.. as most significant.Thus rendering the usual facial glamour of as irrelevant.

Her gesture is of course one of fixing her reddish mane (cut copper pate). I prefer a simple unpretentious act of self-maintenance, as it refers to herself, not a watching world.

The composition is two stacked rectangles. The lower has the back leg cutting diagonally through, upward (with elbow on knee) the upper rectangle, has the head and neck moving diagonally through upward in parallel,to aforementioned leg in bottom rectangle.

Finally the tittle: The initial oil sketch on canvas, the zinc yellow ground, tumbled through my life (studio) for ten years. I glanced or studied the canvas on a constant basis over that period. Finally, I formulated a strategy as to how I might proceed this year.

Ballet Sketch 1

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 2

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 3

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 4

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 5

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 6

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 7

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

 

Ballet Sketch 12

 Artist: Rob Mango  Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper  Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)  Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography  Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016

Artist: Rob Mango

Media: Black oil paint on Fabriano, gesso coated, 300lb. rag paper

Size: 105 X 75 cm (29 5/8 X 41 3/8 Inches)

Subject : Sergiy and Oleksandr Kirichenko, Tango Choreography

Date: Painted in New York, October 6 - December 30, 2016