Blue mountains no.1


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Size: 32 H x 56 W x 0.8 in

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Household, Wood, Plastic and Paint on Plastic, Wood and Other.

Spencer is interested in how our world is represented to us through simulated images in the media and how these in turn form our comprehension of the world around us, basing his pieces on images from the media and internet. His works are cynical of utopian notions surrounding our relationship with the natural world, effectively combining medium, process and aesthetics as message. The MDF, household paint and painstakingly slow hand cutting process that he uses gives the work a raw abandoned aesthetic, creating scenes which depict gritty disenchanted visions of man-made structures and waste in woods and forests.
Spencer takes the craftsmanship of woodcarving to the extreme by laboriously hand cutting elaborate patterns into sheets of wood in the style of the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) laser/router machines which are used in much modern manufacturing. He is interested in the contrast between such contemporary processes, materials, media, internet and the mark of the individual and traditional. He begins with drilling out the spaces in between the branches, with fret saw blades held between his fingers he cuts out the fine detailing and uses a jigsaw to finish the process. Cutting the outline of trees and branches into sheets of wood (MDF, which Ironically is not real wood; it is a man-made material) is in some respects an unnecessary repetition of meaning, seemingly idiotic, but is part of the tongue in cheek humor he uses, in over embellishing the obvious issues in his work he also raises important questions about the nature and scope of knowledge.

Keywords: Beetles, Urban, Vandalism, Graffiti, Street Art, Urban Art, Dreamscape

Subjects: Landscape

Styles: Pop Art, Street Art

Mediums: Acrylic, Household, Wood, Plastic, Paint

Materials: Plastic, Wood, Other

Prints: Landscape Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Street Art Art Prints, Acrylic Art Prints, Household Art Prints, Wood Art Prints, Plastic Art Prints, Paint Art Prints, Plastic Art Prints, Wood Art Prints, Other Art Prints

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