S I E N A B R I C K S
oil on canvas . life-size (12.25" x 2.75" each) . 2018 - ONGOING
Created in the 13th century, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy is a medieval bricked square where the explosive Palio horse race is held every year. "Siena Bricks" is an IN PROGRESS painting installation which will consist of approximately 130 paintings. One brick will be painted on each canvas (each canvas is the actual size of a real Siena brick: 12.25" x 2.75" each). These paintings will then be displayed flat on the floor structured into a herringbone pattern like the bricks at the Piazza del Campo. I have personally measured, photographed and edited over 400 of these rusty red-orange, peach and violet-grey bricks.
This project is not a simple trompe l'oeil exercise in painting but rather an attempt at building up a sculpture using blocks of paintings. Each canvas becomes a brick. Like Carl Andre's floor pieces, this project is about sorting, arranging, and placing. It is about changing the way people look at a painting (from passively standing to bending over) and about changing how people interact with a painting (from walking around to squatting down). It is my attempt at mixing minimalism with the medieval.
These paintings are not meant to be walked on.