Screen Play

Painting
Size: 19.7 H x 27.6 W x 1.4 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil

Size: 19.7 H x 27.6 W x 1.4 in

Oil painting on prepared wooden panel. Whole support treated with invisible primer prior to painting. This work derives from a digitally distorted image of "Ophelia" by John Everett Millais apparently visualised, (as it may be in almost any part of the world) on a tablet of contemporary technology. This is a major constituant part of a body of work that investigates our relationship with the screen and the distortions of reality it can project. The wood serves as a foil to all that is imagined and created, as some representation of the natural truth. I have no idea what style category this falls into, it isn't realism and it isn't really pop art although it is about both. I have chosen surrealism, but I'm not a surrealist - I'm an investigator of contemporary existence. My current work furthers this theme by addressing the opposing forces of the nineteenth and twentieth century, of Victorian attitudes and Modernism, they are not post-modern or post-Victorian but a product of both, as well as perhaps, a reaction to Post-Modernism.

Oil painting on prepared wooden panel. Whole support treated with invisible primer prior to painting. This is a constituent part of a body of work that investigates our relationship with the screen and the distortions of reality it can project. The wood serves as a foil to all that is imagined and created, as some representation of the natural truth. The wood has already started to darken and yellow slightly since I painted it last year and I'm rather liking this. The wood is already reacting with time and chemicals - it looks like a seventies piece already - this definitely adds to its meaning. I'm a devoted fan of Dieter Roth and Fluxus , and art changing in meaning and substance. I have no idea what style category this falls into, it isn't realism and it isn't really pop art although it is about both. I have chosen surrealism, but I'm not a surrealist - I'm an investigator of contemporary existence so for this I am choosing World Culture as subject matter. My current work furthers this theme by addressing the opposing forces of the nineteenth and twentieth century, of Victorian attitudes and Modernism, they are not post-modern or post-Victorian but a product of both, as well as perhaps, a reaction to Post-Modernism.

Keywords: pop, wood, victorian, Ophelia, post modern

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