We live in the world comprised of and described by the opposites. Good and bad, life and death, right and wrong, pure and corrupt are all a part of one, two-sided coin that is the currency of truth. All those polarities, however divergent, are necessary elements of defining a complete whole, an accurate account of the nature of existence.
In a visual language this juxtaposition of elements extends itself to the preposition that
any image-driven artwork comprises of top and bottom, “sky” and “ground.” This applies not only to an image of a landscape but, equally, to all other visual representations including still life, figurative, portraiture, abstraction, etc.
The works in this series deal with this idea on a literal, conceptual and formal level. The use of the images ranges from appropriated and classical — Michelangelo's drawing or Nike Samothrace — to objective, incidental, imagined. They’re pointedly personal, political, socio-cultural. The images are overlaid on painterly landscapes that are reduced to simplest definition of ground and sky. They are landscapes evocative of a fog at sea, quiet at night, heat of the day, a memory or a dream. In contrast, the line images over them are impatient, bold, quick. The background landscapes offer introspective calm while balancing it with a hint of something hidden, a promise of something joyful, or a hint of ominous. They are influenced by the North America’s southern coast, its air, light and space. The images described over them intercept this and violate it while introducing a narration, a story.
Landscape with Nike Samothrace — acrylic & oil on canvas, 70”x60” (178cm x 152cm)
Landscape with Rokeby Venus — acrylic & oil on canvas, 70”x48” (178cm x 122cm)
Landscape with Fabre Drawing — acrylic & oil on canvas, 60”x56” (152cm x 142cm)
Landscape with Fighting Angel — acrylic & oil on canvas, 36”x30” (91.5cm x 142cm)
Landscape with Last Supper — acrylic & oil on canvas, 324”x72” (823cm x 183cm)
Landscape with MOAB — acrylic & oil on canvas, 38”x30” (96.5cm x 76cm)
Landscape with White House — acrylic & oil on canvas, 60”x48” (152cm x 123cm)
Contained Landscapes: End & Begin — mixed media installation, 16.5”x16.5x72” each (42cm x 42cm x 183cm)