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Arnold Leventhal
one day at a time

Must an artist beat a dead horse every day?
Talk amongst yerselves...


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2008-07-19

In the city of Winnipeg, the center of the continent of North America is a portal...
across this threshold ends the world which made me, and begins the world I make.

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2008-07-23

2008-07-23

Scratch scratch, more exercise than sketch, looking for the place i left off.
Scribble scribble - it will probably be black and white -

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2008-09-04

2008-09-04

Summer within the Canadian Shield, a rough, beautiful landscape of trees, water and rocks. I take on the challenge of extreme sport for artists - sketching from a canoe!

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2008-09-04

2008-09-04

Later, back on dry land, I try to re-work my scribbles with paper and ink. The daunting shoreline, the darkening forest..

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2008-09-04

2008-09-04

Time comes to work it up in paint. I know I want big scale on these things and i'm so excited I jump right in with a minimum of foreplay!

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2008-09-06

The time frame on these uploads is incorrect. About a year actually went by before I was able to complete these pieces, in late August.
Seeing this photo makes my heart skip! You know what i mean, having a couple of works on the move...going head to head day after day, the glorious excitement!

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2008-09-06

2008-09-06

Both these sights are located a few minutes paddle from the cabin, and may be seen on any given day, but not exactly as previously seen!

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2008-10-13

It's called Jumping Rock. It can be climbed, and there are plateaus at 10 or 20 or 30 meters from which one can launch oneself into the lake. Often, kids will come by in canoes or power boats to try their luck, boys mostly...even the young men from our family have tried it out, tho only the crazy Irish side!
I painted it a little larger than life, more dangerous looking, from a parent's point of view!

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2008-12-20

I upload these pieces at Hillel's request. Searching the archives I discovered that there were very few 'Action' paintings therein. I think most of them have been overpainted or destroyed. Or taken into the MOMA collection. However, I have these 'near action' pieces from days of old. They mostly commemorate events, things which struck me profoundly, over which I had no control.
So they are not 'pure' painting but representational abstractions centering a specific object - in this one, the open forward door of a Lufthansa Jetliner ( an early skyjack, the pilot shot dead for the TV cameras and his body thrown to the tarmac of Mogadishu airport.)1978 oil on canvas 42"x42" . I painted this to help myself work things out, (for I knew the world out there was in for more trouble), to make myself feel better.
All this speaks to the ongoing dialogue within Artmaking about text and context....

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2008-12-20

I keep forgetting that these things appear in reverse order on the site...
This piece a treatment of the events at Tiannamen Square, acrylic on canvas, 1989, 25"x30".
I used the flags wafting in the smoky night air as a motif - the throngs of people on the march...
I call it " One Man Hung ", after a minor story related days after.
Again, it is not an 'action' piece, for it breaks too many of the rules pertaining to pure abstraction. Yet it is an emotive work, impelled by my need for resolution, for relief from profound despair.
So what matter if it is a bit loosy-goosy about the traditions of the oeuvre?

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2008-12-20

This was painted during a long night years ago when old Saddam H. was lobbing Skud missles into the city of Tel Aviv. If 'Action' means full-tilt, ultimate-fighter style artmaking, this was it - brush, fingers, knife, stabbing with charcoal and slashing with sand, to exhaustion. 'SKUD' 1991 acrylic charcoal & sand on canvas, 24"x30".



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