Figures Waiting 2012

Artist's Statement

 

Christopher Lantz’ views on his own paintings from, “Notes on His Process and Attitude.”

 

When I complete a work (or think I have), I leave the painting around the house, against a chair, table leg, on the back of a sofa or anywhere I can really view the painting. There it may sit for days, weeks, months even.  I glance at it, bird like, from time to time; anytime I’m in its space - washing dishes, just fiddling around. Sometimes I’ll stop and study the painting from another angle, and so it goes - that invisible seeking within the painting.

 

There are times when I am dead certain that a work was painted in gold itself.  If I see the picture begins to falter and dim: its time we share the “garbage walk.” 

 

Sometimes a certain work that had been sitting around for a time, one of which I had little hope begins to move and stretch out like it is creating its own space.  The painting begins to dance.  It’s then I hear a sound, the work’s own sound, maybe.

 

That is why I paint.