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My1st Car (1970's Buick Skylark - Driving in Between Lines & Guard Rails) - 2021 Collage

Kevin O'Brien

United States

Collage, Plastic on Aluminium

Size: 36 W x 24 H x 0.1 D in

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Crude moveable street, surreo-expressionistic, pop industrial hyper-cartoon-animated rendition of My1st Car. This was part of the leaving hippy college-era, normalization. Get a Job, Man!. Make something of yourself!

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Collage:Plastic on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:36 W x 24 H x 0.1 D in

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BFA in Painting - Studied with John Grillo, (a student of Hans Hoffman), & also Leonel Gongora,, who added a Latin influence to my work. Studio Visits by both Carl Belz, Curator of the Rose Art Gallery at Brandeis University and also by Gillian Levine, co-curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. I am working with a gallery from Vienna, AT, but not exclusively. I have exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia: Born in the 50's, eventually influenced by abstract expressionism, be-bop, the beat, etc. Grew up in 60's, with rock and roll, high-energy jazz, etc. I am a proponent of Pan-Global, Industrial, Supra-Expressionism which attempts to utilize materials from global industrial culture within works created as art. The juxtaposition of the bold expressionistic strokes on the stark, bland industrial materials causes a good deal of tension. The bright colors used in the textures further differentiate the energy of the expressionistic strokes from the dullness of the main materials. I say Pan-Global because it is my belief that all cultures have been absorbed into the Industrialscape, in one way or another, and it is an artist's job to rediscover culture, and re-declare it boldly, without hesitation, using the new vocabulary they have been given, because there is no going backwards. It is "Supra" because an attempt is made to make the expressionistic content real, very real, by accentuating it's physical characteristics. Reverence for the fine finished patinas that normally apply to art, as in art school or commercial art can be dispensed with for the boldness of an energy more sympathetic with rock and roll (e.g., jimi hendrix), r & b and/or jazz music (e.g., Coltrane). The high-power and energy of these musical expressions had a dramatic impact. Use of industrial materials in new combines (as influenced by Rauschenberg et al.) further stressed new ideas of how materials might be combined, and but also marked a work as having that "finished" look, of which I am not fond. A new primitive kind of "carpentry" skills were developed to hold these materials together, and worry about loose hanging edges, polish etc. were lost. Of course, there was a new vocabulary of objects that needed to be created and new motifs that needed to be developed and depicted using this type of expression.

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