In 2002, I completed my “Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet” drawing suite. I was emotionally and physically exhausted. My first tentative steps in returning to color were a series of small drawings done in a synergic method with poet Jerome Rothenberg for a Dieu Donné fundraiser. Small works and commissions followed, but I couldn’t bring myself to return to the “Heartland” drawings in a serious way. In 2004, I accepted a position as Professor of Art and Director of Creative Arts at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, Ca. Fairleigh Dickinson University, where I spent 32 years of my life, was good to me, and I, in turn, had been good for FDU. I left FDU for new challenges and possibilities out West. I was warmly welcomed by the Soka community.

The university provided me with a studio and as I got used to my surroundings, with Sara still in New Jersey, I began a new aerial “Heartland” landscape. Sara joined me in California in January 2005, and that summer we bought our house. We converted the garage into a studio, and, together again, we schlepped cabinets, spackled, painted, built shelving, etc. Between Soka and home I recreated my previous studio space. My mind cleared, and drawings continuing the “Heartland” series began flowing from my hand. New Reflected-Light Paintings have also been completed with more in process. After a decade of black and white, this outburst of color has been overwhelming. I now focus on serpentine ribbons of actual and imaginary rivers flowing through fields of iridescent colors. In my 2007-2008 works, I use formalist-fractal iconography masked as imaginary flood-inundated landscapes. Since coming to California I have abandoned the airbrush, and its inherent lung clogging overspray (despite air-pump and hooded respirator), for long bristled Sable brushes. With the air brush there was always a sensory gap between my hand and the extrusions. Now I am in direct contact with the surface that I paint, with all of its inherent limitations and new possibilities. I see no end to this exciting visual exploration of color and light.

 

Please scroll down and after viewing the works displayed on this webpage, you are invited to please visit the Exhibitions Gallery of my newest works. I am certain that you will find each of these webpage galleries quite illuminating ... literally and figuratively. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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#25-Arie Galles with Metronome-June 29-2011

 

 

 

 

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# 1-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Lake Shore-2006-34x82-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 2-Arie Galles- HEARTLAND II-Oxbow-2006-32x50-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 3-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Red Outback-2007-54x92-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 4-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Red River II-2010-26x44-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

HEARTLAND II-Lake Shore

HEARTLAND II-Oxbow

HEARTLAND II-Red Outback

HEARTLAND II-Red River II

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# 5-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Oxbow Island-2010-26x44-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 6-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Yellow River-2010-26x44-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 7-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Three Oxbow-2011-26x44-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 8-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Swing River-2011-26x44-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

HEARTLAND II-Oxbow Island

HEARTLAND II-Yellow River

HEARTLAND II-Three Oxbow 

HEARTLAND II-Swing River

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# 9-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Bridge II-2011-26x44-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 10-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Fall River II-2011-32x50-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 11-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Getting WarmerI-2011-32x50-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 12-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Half Stripe-2011-34x52-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

HEARTLAND II-Bridge II 

HEARTLAND II-Fall River II 

HEARTLAND II-Getting Warmer I

HEARTLAND II-Half Stripe

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# 13-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Purple Haze-2011-34x52-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 14-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Hot September-2011-34x52-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 15-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Rolling Fields-2011-34x52-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 16-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Fall River III-2011-32x50-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

HEARTLAND II-Purple Haze 

HEARTLAND II-Flood III 

HEARTLAND II-Rolling Fields

HEARTLAND II-Fall River III

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# 17-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Off Target-2011-32x50-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 18-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Flood III-2011-40x62-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 19-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Irrigated-2011-40x62-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 20-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Field Latkes-2011-40x62-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

HEARTLAND II-Off Target

HEARTLAND II-Flood III 

HEARTLAND II-Irrigated

HEARTLAND II-Field Lakes

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# 21-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Disco-Bolus-2011-40x62-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 22-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Near SF-2011-40x62-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 23-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Metronome-2011-54x92-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

# 24-Arie Galles-HEARTLAND II-Winding-2011-88x64-Fluorescent Paint on Aluminum Extrusions-Reflected-Light

HEARTLAND II-Disco-Bolus

HEARTLAND II-Near SF

HEARTLAND II-Metronome

HEARTLAND II-Winding 

 

   
 

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