Piece description from the artist
Dissipative Structures #2 is a continuation of a series I began just after 9/11. Each of the panels seems to represent a theme and they all are designed to fit together in multiple orientations. The originals are square and form a central circle when they are configured just so. I also created short poems for each of them. The theme for this one seemed to be "work" due to the large amount of time involved with creating small dots. One painting session was 20 hours!
Zalman Berkowitz was born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised by a strong, determined single mother in the Sonoran Desert.
Zalman’s earliest fine art studies emphasized the craft of painting. He is fascinated by color and shapes that seem to change, or occupy multiple dimensions simultaneously. His earliest color investigations were based on the combinations found in the desert environment—wildflowers, mountains and sunsets.
Zalman began painting with oil in 1996, and has had the good fortune to work with several excellent teachers. Zalman’s art practice continues with painting and began incorporating mixed media and performance poetry in 2000.
He is based in Tucson, Arizona and travels widely for the arts.