When it comes to art, some say that realism tells the whole story, abstraction tells none of it, and postmodernism tells half. Apparently my work is postmodern, because it tells half the story. So I’ve added this text to the images for those who want more.
In the summer of 2007 I taught an undergraduate course, Visual culture, and a graduate course, Critical pedagogy in the visual arts,, for Texas Tech University in Sevilla, Spain. I asked both classes to create image-based journals of their experiences. My wife Mary and I role-modeled by creating journals of our own. This gallery contains the images from mine, along with text that explains the thinking behind them.
• MY BUSINESS CARD, REPRESENTING MY DISORIENTATION ADJUSTING TO SPAIN.
• REFERENCES TO THE ABUNDANT ISLAMIC MOTIFS.
• DRAMATIC USE OF BLACK.
• LOOPING LINES, A FAVORED MOTIF.
• SMALL HOLES CUT INTO THE DRAWINGS, REVEALING DETAILS OF THE DRAWINGS THAT FOLLOW.
I PLACED A PIECE OF SCOTCH TAPE ON THIS DRAWING, KNOWING IT WOULD BE INVISIBLE. IT SYMBOLIZES THE PARTS OF THE STORY THAT I KEEP TO MYSELF.
IN SPAIN BULLFIGHTERS ARE POP HEROES. I ASKED A SPANIARD IF HE COULD EXPLAIN THE APPEAL OF "SADISM CLOAKED IN PAGEANTRY.” MY CHOICE OF WORDS WAS INOPPORTUNE. IN A VOICE THAT GRADUALLY GREW LOUDER, HE BERATED ME FOR BEING "OBLIVIOUS TO TRADITION."