Along the Journey into June

Philip Gerstein




For whom a circle is no more

Than a decadent version of a point."

~Brian George "Death, so to speak"


How much, one might ask..?

how much is necessary to make it a painting?..

how little, really?..

a few lines,

a band of living color,

sparking an emotion, a feeling, a recognition, an experience... .

  2-Fugue (24x24) adj

"Fugue", 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm), Flashe on wood panel, 2022


Or might we be fooling ourselves, with the power of a suggestion?..

our minds just doing what they were designed to do --

looking for patterns  --

discerning whole worlds in a few strokes of redolent paint,

and volumes of space in gradations of color,

a color set against another color and bordering yet another color... .

Well, if that be the price of being fooled, shall we embrace it wholly, our eyes' delight, and make it worth it, as e e cummings wrote,

          wholly to be a fool

          while Spring is in the world.

  2-Fugue and Variations (24x24) adj

 "Fugue with Variations", 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm),

 Flashe, acrylic, & lacquer on wood panel, 2022


What shall a discerning reader of this very delightful Magazine conclude, having looked benevolently month after month upon my exploits in post-Minimal genre?

Perhaps that I'm really a closet Expressionist trying to use Minimal means...

          ... though sometimes I slip...

          ... well, make it: I slip regularly

          and with evident pleasure


Then come, come next on a journey to a farther shore with me! It is chuck full of everything I learned along the way... .



 "An Unexpected Journey"    30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm),

 Oil stick, acrylic, glitter & mixed media on wood panel, 2020


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Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Philip Gerstein began exhibiting his work in the 1980's, while pursuing a PhD in Art History at Harvard University. He studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Japanese calligraphy with Toshu Ogawa. Gerstein exhibits in NYC, Provincetown MA, and extensively in the Boston area, as well as organizing and curating painting and photography shows. His work has been reviewed, reproduced and praised in many publications, including The Boston Globe, ArtScope Magazine, and Art New England. For his other work in Scene4, check the Archives

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