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A different mood and composite structure is the September painting Retinal River.  Conceived as suggestively scientific, the work can be viewed symbolically Jungian, scientifically Zennist, just playfully atmospheric, purposefully cryptic, techno-socially commentative, or metaphoric and philosophical. From the here-now practical perspective, it was developed from absence of inspiration plus need of a project. The retinal image is a mosaic that the brain unites in coherence. Similar passage cellular arrays of the body include the ciliated throat lining and the intestinal  cells with finger-like microvilli.  The painting image's home is the Metaphysics / Philosophy group of the City Synthesis series. The image source is Oregon's Columbia River gorge in happier, fire-free days.


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Closing out 2016 and starting 2017 are two paintings of exactly the same night scene, Market Street in San Francisco observed from above the Castro on Twin Peaks. The two works, of different size, have different approaches, different emotional emphases. The small square is The Great Divide; this should not be confused with Divisidero Street, which once was the limit of the Presidio. The larger work is The Living Night, the welcoming, vibrant aspects of the city that extend into the evening. While based on a photograph, the color palette is altered to emphasize a living, vibrant, holistic city-organism. Night hides the flaws and dreariness of a city, and although it also obscures the joys of architectural detail, the nightscape takes on the magic of a bioluminescent landscape. (The color balance and tone do not reflect the actual painting; the sky, for example, is far darker.)

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Path of Serenity is admittedly a Buddhist painting. The nighttime street scene is the Itaewon entertainment district of Seoul, Korea. I replaced the crowd with two Korean Zen monks, one striking a moktok wooden percussion instrument. The contrast of the gray-clad monks of one technique with the busy, flat geometric, multiple neon-lit street is obvious, but it does represent the meditative state of mind. I practice Korean Zen and have such a robe. The colors are essentially actual, taken from a photograph. I have been to Seoul, but I stayed in a temple at night.

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On my way to India, I stopped at Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for a couple days, and went to the needle skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. The painting Floor 124: Industrial Design is based on a photograph I took looking downward. The actual hues are the usual very light tans, concrete grays, and sand yellow (on the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai has sand as far as the eye can see). The building roofs are different than found in our own cities; knowing that they would be seen from the great height of the landmark, they were designed with aesthetics as well as for function. The image is located permanently in both the Circle & Line series and the City Synthesis Interiors & Exteriors series.

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Three Studies of Form & Flow are seen below in three different styles. Studies are an artist's form of doodling that may lead to inspiration for a fully development work. The brush and ink sumi-e painting demonstrates another side of my art, but it is still a form of order: the 'controlled accident'.

Debra Jan Bibel

MORPHOLOGIES:
An Exploration, An Evolution

Fresh Paint


This page features the latest visual compositions, completed in 2017 and late 2016. Because the page will change with each new opus, monitor the page periodically. The images may also be found among the galleries.

NOTE: All reduced and overly processed images fail utterly in even hinting at the quality and the true colors of the actual paintings and their effect on the viewer.


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Some scrap wood and paint came together in the abstract, wall-hanging sculpture Escape Clause. It is located among the Miscellaneous series with other sculptures, jewelry, a mobile, and paintings.

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Stacy's View is that of Manhattan, and it is derived with her permission from a snapshot made by jazz vocalist Stacy Sullivan. This one I am keeping for myself, at least for now.

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A somewhat different painting, Wind of Change, has autumn leaves against tree shadows on dark earth coupled with the modern building by architect Zaha Hadid. Located in Baku, Azerbaijan, it is the Heydar Aliyev Center. Photography and computer processing failed to depict the red veins on the leaves. 

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Three different paintings are comparatively simple works, for a change, depicting railway bridges. They are part of a triptych I've been working on the railroad. Go Forth is the one at the Firth of Forth, Scotland (the Firth is akin to fjord); another is based on the curved and banked one in Rafsanjan, Iran, Desert Transverse; and Tunnel is derived from a stock photograph of a trestle bridge.

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Days of Fire and Smoke refers to the Northern California fire disaster of October 2017. For over 40 years this has been the view from Bibel's living room but in different hues and with no geometric emphasis. One day, she saw the scene slant. Indeed, she was drawn to the angles and chevrons everywhere within the window frame.

Tell all the truth but tell it slant
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind

                          Emily Dickinson

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Stacy's View  (2017)
24 30 in.

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Wind of Change  (2017)
36 36 in.

 

Retinal River (2017)
24 30 in.

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Form & Flow: Study 1 (2017)
     16 12 in.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form & Flow: Study 2 (2017)
16 12 in.

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Form & Flow: Study 3 (2017)
                 18 12 in.

Days of Fire and Smoke (2017)
24 36 in.

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Escape Clause (2017),19.75 11.25 2.5 in. 

Other View

 

Triptych: I've been working on the railroad  (2017)

 Specifications: wall mounting; 3-inch space between canvases; 15 inward angle of left and right units.
 

Desert Transverse  (2017)
18 36 in.

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Go Forth 
(2017)
18 36 in.

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Tunnel  (2017)
24 30 in.

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Floor 124: Industrial Design  (2017)
48 24 in.

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The Living Night  (2017)
36 36 in.

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The Great Divide
(2016)
24 24 in.

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Path of Serenity (2016)
36 24 in.

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