“This body of work is something I’ve been working on since 2010,” says
Brock. “Essentially, these works are made by taking older paintings that are these gestural, grand abstractions and putting them through a series of rituals to deconstruct and physically destroy gestures in the painting.” Brock constructs his paintings by carefully painting them all over with
. He then removes much of the surface with a power sander, and proceeds to repeat the process of painting and removing. The end results, such as deredemibocwoirtdxi(mlfm,ijtg...)
(both 2009–14) are complex and
, with diaphanous swirls of color across their entire surface. Such rich textures can take years to develop, as can be seen by the five-year-long period each painting was completed in.