Painting functions as a means of retrieving, distilling, and preserving the facts, images, emotions, and nameless fragments of my days. There is both a practical and nostalgic component to painting that differentiates it from other, technological forms of information preservation. I am interested in what happens when we paint a moment or memory, as opposed to photographing, videotaping or saving something onto a hard drive. The inherent messiness and pace of my current work offers a counterpoint to cleaner, faster, more technological forms of archiving. I am both pulled and repulsed by a classical abstract philosophy that eschews narrative, referential, or sentimental subject matter for purely formal concerns. This formal ambivalence expresses itself in the discourse between gesture, geometry, pattern, hard, soft, and color field dimensions that characterize my work.
I received my MFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2003 where I was the recipient of the Dana Pond Prize for Painting. My most recent solo exhibition ("How To Travel") took place at Sunday, L.E.S. in 2008. My work has been also been exhibited at Miller Block Gallery in Boston, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, DNA Gallery in Provincetown, and is on file with the Artist Registry at White Columns in New York. In 2006, I also collaborated with Merce Cunningham, creating decor and costume design for the premiere of eyeSpace at the Joyce Theatre. More of my work may be viewed at www.henrysamelson.net.