“The I Got Ants in My Pants and I Need to Dance” Paintings
Exhibition: November 4th – December 1st, 2015
Tom Everhart -Artist Statement
I’ve Got Ants In My Pants
I’ve Got Ants In My Pants (and I Need To Dance)” is a new body of 57 works on MDF Board, Paper, or Canvas, along with new mixed media print works. It is an exhibition of camouflaged visual confessions of the inspirational motivations that push the restless necessity for creative thinking.
The work is concerned with the rhythms of living within us and in the world all around us. I have been especially focused on the restless rhythms that motivate and inspire art to be made.
I spend much time painting in Venice Beach and French Polynesia. My most influential restless rhythms come from the liquid rhythms of water and the differences in the rhythms of these two waters. This exhibition could have easily been titled “Watermarks”. Only a fluid black line drawing, that starts each work, creates a mark made by hand with a brush. All of the color application is a very fluid paint poured onto the flat surface, and then tilted to direct the rhythm of its water quality according to my own artistic needs.
The restless rhythm of light found in both studio locations is as well an immediate influence within the rhythms of my living. In this body of work, these rhythms are expressed in the moving light forms of spotlights, moonlight, daylight and nightlight.
Through this new narrative, this body of work of restless living rhythms, I hope to suggest that something fascinating, new, beautiful, or even incredibly stupid, could be the “ants in the pants” that motivates and demands creative thinking.