American (Leavenworth KS. 1959)
Mixed media on Canvas
20 x 16 inches, 2013
Phoenix Heart exemplifies the later paintings from the counter-space series produced between 2013 and 2017 when JM fully developed his Debriti (debris + graffiti) style. Using the counterspace form (negative space between letters) he shook theses shapes onto raw canvas by incorporating a dispersal technique to implement random, curious and surprisingly delicate compositions.
The act of shaking the unique forms express his highly physical creative process and serve to comment on the California geographical landscape as well as his own bodily engagement. Phoenix Heart reveals JonMarc’s interest in the synthesis of distinct properties; paint, form and activity – paint’s physical attributes, form’s raw depiction and the physical acts both intentional and spontaneous.