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The Alchemist Artwork

Cody Bayne

United States

Mixed Media, Concrete on Canvas

Size: 24 W x 30 H x 1 D in

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Intertwining the innocence of childlike imagery with the raw intensity of emotion etched into concrete "The Alchemist" portrays two figures, arms uplifted in either jubilation, apprehension, or awe, encircling a pot of gold—a symbol that sparks curiosity. This enigmatic focal point invites viewers to unravel its multifaceted meanings, prompting immediate introspection. Crucially, the artwork's dialogue with it's materials plays a vital role in its interpretation. These materials are not mere mediums but carriers of history and temporality. The artistic process demands alacrity, as these materials possess a fleeting malleability that diminishes if overworked or left idle for too long. Their transitory nature parallels the fragility of emotions and fleeting moments that often go unnoticed. The composition's interplay of mixed media adds intricate layers to its narrative. The calculated inclusion of concrete underscores notions of permanence, drawing from its presence in construction zones, the very places where the materials are sourced. This contrast between the ephemeral and the enduring beckons contemplation on the transient essence of life and the indelible impact we leave behind. "The Alchemist" beckons viewers into a realm where innocence converges with emotional complexity, fragility coalesces with endurance. It's a conversation that speaks to a specific juncture in time, resonating with feelings, memories, and thoughts that might otherwise remain unspoken. As viewers navigate the symbiotic language of imagery, materials, and sentiments, they embark on a voyage of self-discovery and interpretation that deepens with each contemplative observation.

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Mixed Media:Concrete on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 30 H x 1 D in

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Cody Bayne is an Artist based in Los Angeles. He has exhibited his work extensively across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is known for his interdisciplinary approach to art-making. His practice encompasses painting, mixed media, sculpture, and new media, all of which he uses to explore themes of time, impermanence, identity, and place. Bayne's work is characterized by a personal visual language that creates intellectual and emotional connections with the viewer. He often uses materials sourced from various cities around the world to create a visual vernacular that is both familiar and foreign. His work is influenced by 20th-century art movements such as Nouveau Réalisme and Art Informel, and he has coined the terms Neo-Urban Expressionism and Urban Informalism as quantifiers for his physical practice. Bayne's artistic process involves "harvesting" information from the environment of the city and reassembling materials into compositions that reflect his interest in the beauty of flaws and the discarded. He balances formulaic parameters with action-oriented processes, and allows immediacy and accidental interventions to play a strong role in the making of his work. His artist hand is discernible in all his work, serving as a symbol of both humanity and the distressed conditions and environments that inspire him. Though Bayne does not intentionally approach his work through a filter of social commentary, he is keenly aware that the poetry of the metropolis leads to this conversation. His work is contemporary and academic, addressing impermanence, coded vernaculars, identity, and place. Through his art, Bayne strives to create a visual dialogue that transposes from walls, streets, and a personal language, and fosters a connection between contemporary art and cultural intersectionality.

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