After 9/11, witnessed from just below 14th Street, I completely lost interest in my studio practice. For six months teaching and walking consumed me. Eventually I began to make work on these walks in the neighborhood. Abstraction for Dogs is a series of photographs of site-responsive paintings made with my dog, Napoleon. They are temporary gestures, consisting of small monochromatic geometric shapes painted on discarded objects in the east village and lower east side of NYC. They are close to the ground, at dog height. Some issues I am addressing are traditional and formal, like color, space, surface, and composition. The work also relates to graffiti and marking territory. What we throw out, and our impulse to collect and reuse what we find is documented as well.