1986 Redux, 2013

by Paul Burmeister

2013 Burmeister Mark's Studio

Every change brings gain and loss. Something is gained and something is lost, and the actor responsible for the change hopes for net good.
Making changes to a physical artwork is not like working in software; there is no Undo in an oil painting. Once a thing is changed, what it was is gone.
In this painting, the changes have been accompanied by excitement and anxiety. I think I have improved it over the 1986 version, but it has become a much different kind of image altogether. I tried to retain its original exuberance and acknowledge its original structure, even while I was aware of its new, sophisticated handlings and its new emphasis on unified perspective.