Without Gravity I, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on canvas, 84 x 82 inches

Without Gravity II, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on canvas, 84 x 82 inches

Without Gravity III, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on paper on canvas/birch panel, 45.5 x 85.5 inches

Without Gravity X, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on canvas, 84 x 82 inches

Without Gravity VIII, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on paper, 30 x 22.5 inches

Without Gravity IX, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on paper, 30 x 22.5 inches

Without Gravity IV, 2013-14, oil, linseed oil and alkyd resin on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Without Gravity


“The act of painting is executed in silence, allowing a minimum of exchange with other minds, at times even divides the artist’s own mind, making what he is doing incomprehensible even to him… Perhaps the next gesture will bring the artist closer to his true self, that is, closer to something he did not know was there.” Harold Rosenberg


Existing without gravity is an impossibility - a condition where constant external forces no longer besiege, push, pull, bend and warp physical reality. The studio can be an unconventional reality where preconceived impossibilities are taken to task.


John Cage said something to the effect of: I bring my past, present, friends, enemies and my thoughts into the studio - in the best of all scenarios they leave, one by one, and if I am really lucky, so do I.


The impetus behind much of my work is delving into the highly personal – wherein I find the universal. The challenge is to replace interpreting my inner world within a familiar construct - and build a revised dialogue achieved by abandoning my usual means of thoughts, expectations and visual language. In other words, leaving. The transition to revel in uncertainty, mystery and doubt as opposed to grasping for fact and reason is tenuous, evasive and contrary. Once achieved, painting can disclose, unveil and become revelatory.


The truth in these paintings lies in the immediacy of mark making - in a context of careening off that awkward tightrope of vulnerability - and within that impossible framework lacking gravity, make visible the absence of gravity. The marks coalesce, like vibrations and lines of energy, as if under their own will, into something “imponderable at the heart of things.” I am chasing phantoms – ever moving, shifting and elusive - seeking connections, exploring possibility and divulging in that pursuit.


Lawrence Fodor

June 2014


Without Gravity Installation at Gebert Contemporary

2013 - 2014