Homage to Josef Albers
(completed in 2004)

28.5 in. H x 30 in. W x 5.5 in. D
(73 x 76.8 x 14 cm)
Paint on masonite; yellow fluorescent light.

Albers thought that any attempt to free painting from the limitation of one definite piece of canvas must concern itself first with the destruction of one single surface ... to attempt to bring the picture on to some ideal plane which shall be expressed in terms of the material plane of the canvas. Homage is an investigation into this idea. It is based on Alber's 3 Square Math and investigates the profound difference between painting that is subtractive light (mixing earth to make color, off which light is reflected) and "painting" that uses fluorescent radiant light.

The fluorescent lights are recessed behind the brown square. Whereas Albers was interested in the interaction between different colors, I was interested in how the fluorescent light generates a field of color that is contained within the work. This field of color in the center glows, in contrast with the other colors that absorb the ambient light.