Many concerns have been falling away recently. I’ve let go. I keep letting go. Elements are born and then fall into place without too much resistance. Then I pick up a small panel, lead it over to some other panel and it almost sidles up on its own, halfway belonging. Nothing is ever done but everything is always finished. I’m building a narrative but I’m taking my time in doing it and I don’t care if it gets lost or found along the way.
I’ve also started doing some monochromes. Within the larger body of work there is just this persistent need for a blather-free zone. They are not trying to be theoretical or absolute but they represent a meaningful break that can be achieved with just one color. It’s the flip side of my vulgar and confessional drawings.
Lower East Side New York City-based Dan Ackles was a studio assistant to David Salle, Mary Heilmann, and worked with Nancy Rubins and Izhar Patkin on their large-scale installations. At various times he also worked as a fashion accessory designer, a framer and sheetrocker, dog walker, greeting card illustrator, retail display designer, and layout artist of super graphics. Ackles has been included in numerous group shows and one solo show and is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. For more information please visit danackles.com.