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All my work originates from my personal experience of life, my world view, so to speak.   I am continually challenged by the infinite, creative possibilities that exist within the flat, 2D picture plane.  Putting into existence completely original work, using traditional artistic media, is my driving aspiration.  The work I have done for the last several years involves what I call “erasing”.  Using mostly an opaque, layering process, I “erase” large passages of previously created forms.  Repeating this process of layering several times offers many open-ended possibilities of discovery.
Recently, I’ve begun to emphasize the interlocking of various levels, playing with the tension created by an ambiguous figure/ground relationship.  This is a natural progression from my earlier “Jumpsquare” work where the ambiguity was created by repetitive, angular, contrasting shapes.  I pay particular attention to curved edges (the borders of the individual shapes) to determine the shape’s orientation within the picture plane.  An outward, curved edge will seem to move forward as an inward curved edge recedes.  Filtered through the push-pull nature of these relationships, I look to create an organic, complex spacial composition.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Curved edge orientation, layering, and erasing techniques are integral in this invented non-objective work.  By using this continuous, natural (organic) process,  rather than the previous, reasoning approach, I rely on instinct and intuition to move the work forward.  Complex, layered shapes, a softer palette, nuances of line, subtle textures, shape and background are all brought into relationship with each other.
Joe McAleer

“At a certain moment the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another
as an arena in which to act….what was to go on the canvas was not a picture, but
an event”. Harold Rosenberg, 1952

I have always held this to be a seminal statement when I consider my personal act of
painting. I have painted for as long as i can remember, creating act is as natural to
me as breathing. I act in this way because I derive great pleasure from putting marks
on the canvas.
To me, creating art is my personal high wire act, a dangerous profession. It’s the
process that excites and challenges me, the uncertainty of it all. Painting, to me, is
a serious form of risk taking, because I risk my ego every time I step in front of the
easel. There are moments when I’m on the edge. It’s hanging out there after hours of
creative and physical work. It could all crumble in a moment, failure is a brushstroke
And herein is why I paint. When I get it right, my art allows me to state, in no uncertain
terms, my uniqueness in a world of 7 billion people.


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