WORK > ICE HOUSE SERIES

The ICE HOUSE SERIES is a series of paintings, concentrating on the formal aspects of line, color, texture, shape and surface as approached through Material Abstraction and Minimalism. These paintings draw their visual aesthetic from the arrangements and qualities observed while in the environment of the Ice House Figure Skating Rink in Hackensack New Jersey.

Studies for these paintings have been rendered through on site sketches and compositions on paper and layers of acetate and have been translated into fully realized works on the combined surfaces of wood and plexiglass in sizes that range from 5” x 7” to 48” x 48”.

Though no specific symbolic Key has been instituted, it may be interpreted that colors used in the paintings may be found in the Ice Rink environment, areas of scribbling may represent degradation to the painted surfaces of the Rink or degradation to the ice, a series of concentrated lines may indicate “Stroking” (the term used to describe a forceful advance across the entire ice at a rapid rate of speed), circles may indicate the various Spins and Jumps and partial circles, the “Gliding Entry” into Jumps.

While present as an observer at the Ice House Figure Skating Rink, one naturally focuses his attention on the skaters themselves, girls and boys, young men and women at the very limits of the perfection of human endurance, strength and coordination, performing magnificent displays of movement. Wrapped in sparkling costumes, gliding, spinning and jumping to the chords of Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and the like, these individuals exist in a world of delicate balance between grace and force. Beneath their blades, their paths have been etched upon the surface of the ice, long cuts, wide loops, broken dashes, all choreographed by time and space. In this series of paintings I have sought to capture this balance of grace and force and to record the many ever present yet overlooked physical subtleties and characteristics of the Ice Rink environment. I hoped to convey the tangible and intangible elements including temperature and sound, timing and strength, present in this arena where so many individual emotional dramas play out each day upon 2 thin pieces of metal, 45 minutes at a time.

As I move forward in my work and as a result of the paintings realized through the ICE HOUSE SERIES, my focus has expanded beyond the skating rink environment. Subsequent paintings, though executed similarly, will engage as their subjects all matters I consider to be relegated to the mundane, the overlooked, and the curiously specific of daily life.



THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
ZAMBONI
Mixed Media , Acrylic and Collage on Paper
5" W X 7" H
2012



THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
VETIVER
2012
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood and Plexiglass
15.5" W X 16" H



THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
FIRING SQUAD
2012
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood and Plexiglass
11.5" W X 17" H


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood and Plexiglass
14" W x 16.5" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
INJURY
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Folded Paper on Wood
7.25" W x 14" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
LOOKING UP
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood
11.25" W x 15.75" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
JUMP
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood and Plexiglass
15.5" W x 25.5" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
THRESHOLDS OF TRANSMIGRATION
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood and Plexiglass
48" W x 48" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES: 
A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD
Mixed Media and Acrylic on Wood and Plexiglass
22" W x 27" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES: 
NEW AND IMPROVED
Mixed Media and Acrylic on Wood and Plexiglass
19" W x 21.5" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES: 
HUUP!
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood and Plexiglass
14" W x 16" H
2012



THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
TRAINING
Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collage on Wood
10" W X 8" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
HEIGHT
Mixed Media, ACRYLIC, Wire and Metal on Wood and Plexiglass
24" W x 11.25" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
WALL
Mixed Media, Acrylic on Canvas
44" W X 60" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES: 
CROSS SECTION
Mixed Media , Acrylic and Collage on Paper
8.5" W x 12" H
2012
THE ICE HOUSE SERIES: 
THE PROGRAM
Mixed Media and Acrylic on Wood and Plexiglass
12.5" W x 12.5" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
PLACE
Mixed Media and Acrylic on Wood
16" W X 14" H
2012


THE ICE HOUSE SERIES: 
REMOVED
Mixed Media and Acrylic on Wood and Plexiglass
12.5" W x 12.5" H
2012
THE ICE HOUSE SERIES:
LEMON ICE
2012
Mixed Media and Acrylic on Wood and Plexiglass