Jeffrey's Thread Series is his most recent thesis and an exploration across materials. In this brand new work, the random looping and twisting patterns of a dropped length of twine are a seductive metaphor for the way we get from our aims and dreams to the outcomes. But, as Jeffrey reflects, “the more you try to exert control the random creeps in, [and] it turns out that the more you try to represent the random the more control creeps in.”
In Thread 4, Jeffrey fulfills the ultimate in letting go of control by painting over an original artwork, Lobby, from an earlier collection in order to make something new.
The artist is a master at outline and does not use any masking to draw his figures, environments or words; or in this series, the trajectory of the dropped twine.
“In representing the random in my artwork, I challenged myself to explore ways to do so without including the human figure–a major departure for me, as nearly all of my work over the last 15 years has been figurative.
As I've created fully-realized artworks, the realization has crept in that one of the most fascinating things about this exploration is that, just as how the more you try to exert control the random creeps in, it turns out that the more you try to represent the random the more control creeps in. After all, I selected the string, its length, the distance from which I dropped it, how closely cropped the composition, the materials and colors used, etc. And, it is not lost on me that my tightly controlled painting technique is certainly in juxtaposition to, if not at odds with, my goal of representing the random.” ~ Jeffrey Palladini
In Thread #4, Jeffrey painted over his original artwork, Lobby, from one of his earliest collections. An extreme example for him in letting go of control.