Pre-Occupation

 

Pre-Occupation marked the first solo show of my lithography ink interior paintings. The focus in this exhibiton shifted from office spaces to domestic settings. I also introduced the new Plinth Paintings that are titled Desk-Sets and feature various opposing desks (Geographically: America/Germany and Sexually: Male/Female). The plinth model would continue in later work to include power structure oppositions (receptionist/executive) and issues of vanity (opposing women’s vanity mirrors). This exhibit also included the final Ballpoint ink painting I would do.

It depicts anonymous but notable structural moments of Frank Loydd Wright’s Johnson Wax Factory, focusing on the diffusing quality of his pyrex glass walls. The small, single panel pieces acted primarily as a color studies, as the lithography ink allowed for exploration into shades beyond the Bic blue and black I utilized for several years before this show. The colors mixed for these and all the paintings since include a 'reflex blue' lithography ink that mimics the iridescence of the Bic blue ballpoint ink to which I was first drawn. The show’s title describes a time period in the history of World War II, but also implies a moment in an empty room.

 
 

Central Access Diptych, Asmara 1938-39 (after Rogier Van der Weyden)
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
71 x 36 1/2 inches, each panel, diptych

 

 Living Corners Arrangement Screen, 1935-39
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
47 x 35, 23 3/4, 37 1/4 inches, each panel, triptych

 

Private Office Arrangement Screen, 1930-35
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
17 4.8 x 12 1/8, 10 3/4, 15 7/8 inches, each panel, triptych

 
Rebecca Chamberlain-Weber & Reiss, Retail Stair, 1929-2011-litho ink on vintage tracing cloth-60x25.jpg

Reception Arrangement Screen, 1928-1938
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
25 3/8 x 27 5/8, 34 1/4, 31 inches, each panel, triptych

 

Desk Set: Room for a Woman, Room for a Man, 1930
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches, each panel, plinth

 

Desk Set: Philadelphia, 1932 / Mainz, 1929
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
27 x 18 inches, each panel, plinth

 

Johnson Wax Factory Screen
Ballpoint ink on vintage tracing cloth
41 x 125 inches,triptych

 

French Double Arrangement
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
9 1/2 x 7 inches

 

After Newman
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
19.5 x 26.5 inches, framed

 

Pleydell-Bouverie Arrangement
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
9 1/2 x 7 inches

 

Ensemble Mobilier Arrangement
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
9 1/2 x 7 inches

 

American Modern Arrangement
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
9 1/2 x 7 inches

Breuer Staircase, Pittsburg, 1939
Lithography ink on vintage tracing cloth
9 1/2 x 7 inches