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Remnants of CONSCIOUSNESS ; C MICHAEL NORTON - Visual ARTIST

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Updated on Nov 16, 2015

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Within the paintings of C MICHAEL NORTON , we are engaged with a sometimes

FRENZIED battle between PAINT - IMAGE and the physical support ...

THESE PAINTINGS , seemingly suggest action painting ... and
A long tradition of EXPRESSIVE ABSTRACTION ...

While there ARE PRIMA FACIE similarities , there are ALSO differences .

WHILE talking with the artist a LIST of issues ... EMERGED

BASIC MYTH

BUILT images

TIMELESS DISTILLATIONS

STORY and anecdote

EMPATHY

WITNESS

HEALING

OPENNESS

CALL and RESPONSE
THESE issues are complex ...

they require UNRAVELING ...

THE PAINTINGS lay bare the physical while at the same time ...

CONSTRUCT and CATAPULT an image , seemingly forward into the VIEWERS' own space ...

much like a CEZANNE , or quasi - CUBIST related work .

TRACES of paint and signifiers of FIGURE / GROUND relationships

IRREGULARLY revealed through a contra puncture of restrained CALL and RESPONSE

.... PAINT is both a PHYSICAL and CONSCIOUS event ...

The linen SUPPORT often serves as GROUND ZERO to a bombastic

INTERPOSITION or FIGURE / GROUND synergy ... that is complex

and reminiscent of LANDSCAPE or INTERIORS .
A consideration of CARL JUNG may serve helpful .

THE various issues listed may be tied together by the theme of SHAMANISM ...

SHAMANISM is an EMPATHIC activity -

whereby an individual shaman CHANNELS ... TOXIC energies

through his / her OWN body for the purpose of CLEANSING

HEALING and DISTILLATION of benevolence OR the beneficial ...

WITHIN the context of JUNGIAN archetypes / myth ...

PERHAPS the artist bears witness to , AND unSHROUDS an image or EVENT .
AS such , what is REVEALED is pre - verbal and more akin to SYNTAX

or CALL and RESPONSE in music... than to VISUALIZATION .

THE timelessness occurs when the physical TRACES of decision making

consume OR collapse within its OWN construction .

A relationship to paintings by FRANK STELLA

JASPER JOHNS

GERHARD RICHTER

MAY come to mind .

FRANCIS BACON interiors are also relevant ...

THE delicate alongside a sometimes brutal skin and RESOLUTION , is apparent .

The PAINTINGS of C MICHAEL NORTON suggest REMNANTS or residue of an activity
that belie the AWAKENING of decision .
THIS is another way of framing the CONSCIOUS ...



FOR your consideration in LOST IN THOUGHT GALLERY

thank you ... G . SCOTT LAMANNA
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