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Hollow Acts and Constructing Grounds for Content

“With the use of wood supports as objects for furrowing into, filling, joining, and extending, attention is brought to the support as a ground for material action and thought.  The acts of drawing and painting have been divided into the components of hollowing or cutting on the one hand, and filling, gluing or sealing on the other.

The focus becomes one of the concrete or material developments of a surface, as opposed to the pictorial or illusory depictions upon it.  The ground, normally hidden, therefore occupies painterly space, instead of simply supporting it.

Cavities are created for imbedding, exposing or holding content. A thickness develops through an excess of material, which along with the furrowing as a kind of folding of the surface situates the work within Stephen Melville’s notions of how “matter thinks”.  His sense that “the ground of thought is something like a cut, or a fold, a moment of delay or excess, in which substance refigures itself as relation”¨ is of particular interest.”

Glen Snow, 2014