I was introduced to the work of Catalan artist, Antoni Tapies, by my good friend, Hadley Smith. An artist herself, her relief paintings were highly influenced by Tapies' use of richly modeled and textured canvases, found objects and materials and as she always says, "the big X". I was immediately drawn to Tapies' work, but, not a painter myself, I turned to the camera, my tool of choice, to "find" Tapies out in the world.
I don't claim to bring Tapies' depth of anguish or life experience to this work. This is a visual exercise to capture the delight in finding art in the most unexpected places like the walls of New York's High Line, a parking lot in Palm Springs or gas caps in the sidewalks of Barcelona and San Francisco.
This book is a compilation of "found" images; they are from cracks in the sidewalk, graphic street paving, decaying paint on old industrial buildings, graffiti on old doors, amazing textural qualities of materials such as bronze or cor-ten steel as well as unique patterns in architecture and its shadows.