JERRY MCLAUGHLIN 

I paint to get into that space in my mind—that quiet space where the internal dialogues are silenced, where there is no sense of time. That kind of quiet, deep experience is what I try to create in my paintings.

 

I am influenced by urban surfaces—the streets, sidewalks, and walls around us. Whether it is graffiti, text, symbols, trash, gum, or spilled coffee, I am fascinated by the amount of unspoken communication, story, and history in these surfaces. Over time they are worn down or painted over, and the cycle continues. I find a deep beauty and complexity in these seemingly simple, mundane surfaces.

 

My paintings start with a lot of colors and a lot of marks. Frequently there are words, numbers, and symbols—recognizable things. But gradually, layer-by-layer, I obscure them. As I build up the painting, I am quieting it down. In the end, though the paintings have complex textures, they are essentially minimalist surfaces in neutral tones.

 

I choose my materials for the tactile experience I get working with them and for the textures they allow me to create: oil paint, pigments, and solvent—sand, ash, and dirt. A soft beeswax paste holds it all together. I use texture and surface as field.

 

 

- Jerry McLaughlin

PAINTINGS-OAKLAND

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

20 x 16 / 2015 / oil, cold wax, sand and fiber on panel / SOLD

Hayward Station

Hayward Station

48 x 48 / 2016 / oil, cold wax, and grit on panel / SOLD

Lake Merritt Station

Lake Merritt Station

32015 / oil, cold wax, and grit on panel / $850

Rockridge Station

Rockridge Station

16 x 12 / 2015 / oil, cold wax, and dirt on panel / SOLD

Wall, Adams Point

Wall, Adams Point

16 x 12 / 2015 / oil, cold wax, and cement on panel / SOLD

West Oakland Station

West Oakland Station

16 x 12 / 2015 / oil, cold wax, and dirt on panel / SOLD

PAINTINGS-SLEEPLESS 

In the Mantle of Wake

In the Mantle of Wake

48 x 36 / 2016 / oil, cold wax, and ash on panel / SOLD

The Ghosts Keep Whispering

The Ghosts Keep Whispering

60 x 30 / 2016 / oil, cold wax, and ash on panel / SOLD

BRANNER SPANGENBERG GALLERY      

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