Many years ago I began doing 35mm close up photographs of my abstract paintings, my goal at the time was to chronicle compositions within a composition - I wasn't sure how I would use them other then to train my eye and find a world within a world - something I found visually and aesthetically exciting. I stored the digital images away and kind of forgot about them until I began to re-explore photography after my move from New York City to Albuquerque, New Mexico via the San Francisco Bay Area.
For years my studio and art storage were in several different places and it wasn't until I moved to Albuquerque that I was finally able to have all of my remaining work in one space - over 50 years worth of paintings, drawings, monotypes, photographs and sculpture. Most of my work had been earlier photographed in slide form and some digital and I realized I didn't have a solid high resolution digital file - so I set out to make one. Six months and about three thousand works later I had a file.
During the process of building the file I upgraded my equipment and began doing night photography mostly as a result of my insomnia and love for the night, late evening and early morning New Mexico light - which allowed me to do photo editing and manipulation.
After I finished the photo inventory of my earlier work I started looking at it more closely and realized it was like looking at a time capsule - a half century plus of art making, a lot of good and a lot of bad. I considered physically cutting and tearing up most of it but decided to start by doing it digitally and making digital time collages just to see how I could bring these visual history's together as a single work - realizing that when fragmenting a painting, drawing or photograph makes it neither good nor bad - it's' simply incomplete yet a piece of time. In these photographs are sections of work done in every decade since the 1950s including some childhood stuff I saved.
I title this series `Sequence' as time sequence. I have always had a keen interest in depicting time and movement in my work - These photographs are about a collection of time - passed and brought together - in fragmented form and constructed composition.