All of everything is connected. My steps and my breath, all keep moving it along. The work, all the acts, process, it’s all in each breath, each step. Each day pushed along getting closer to it. Paint. Painting. The actual work of making a painting is arduous. All the gears spinning in anticipation. Weeks of thought, hapticly informs the agenda. Now panel ready, canvas stretched. Sized canvas is ready for ground. Ground is dry, it’s screaming for that first smush of oil.
Colors made. X-medium is added. Now we are close to it. Piles of paint on the table. Knives ready each with its own pile of color.
Let it start.
Two, three and some times four days are gone. I’m euphoric, looking at it, staring for hours. Neck tingles. When I really see it the work is done and it’s on the wall.
These paintings all come from a playful, intuitive and haptic art-making process. Minimal swaths of color juxtaposed with a gestural history of mark making from knives full of paint. Many panels or multiples set up situations that guide and direct the action.
These are some of my ways.
About The Artist
Don Harger was born in Monmouth, NJ, educated at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and apprenticed with Peter Shelton, Charles Fine, Eric Orr, and Mary Course. Harger is a self-employed Artist, Painter, and Maker. He has had solo exhibitions at SimonGallery, Morristown, NJ; Kulturmy Dom (Culture House), Leipzig, Germany; Beauregard Fine Arts, Rumson, NJ; McKay Imaging Gallery, Red Bank, NJ;17 E. Front St., Red Bank, NJ; Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Robert Walker Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; SCIRC, Santa Monica, CA. His work has been included in numerous group shows in New Jersey, California and Germany. Harger has been featured in articles in The Red Bank Monitor and TriCity News, as well as having acted as art reporter for the Asbury Park Press.