Off the Top of My Head (Five Premises)

Casual, acrylic on fiberglass, Chris Rusak 2013

Dashed-off, acrylic on fiberglass, Chris Rusak 2013

Tentative, acrylic on fiberglass, Chris Rusak 2013

Unfinished, acrylic on fiberglass, Chris Rusak 2013

Self-cancelling, acrylic on fiberglass, Chris Rusak 2013

Breaking from usual protocol — these five premises were composed on-the-fly without any conceptual forethought or provisioned plans.

This casual method evokes a je ne sais quoi which works to nullify visceral compositional anxieties or beheld doubts regarding ultimate purpose. Lacking formal constraints, this series was able to be dashed-off in mere hours, in an efficient, if not haphazard, messy, and/or puerile implementation of resources. While their precision is distinct, their meanings are tentative, conditional to any critical response or forthcoming media interviews. Though these paintings appear unfinished, they aren’t. Any lack of originality acts as a neo-fauvist, post-Dada, pre-future, self-cancelling theoretical innovation: the image isn’t nearly as important as the artist.

Their gestalt is, in affect, a logical platitude proffered for those willing to consume the rhetoric — a practical joke.

From left to right:

Casual

Dashed-off

Tentative

Unfinished

Self-cancelling