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Burning Coal Painting

Chris Hernandez


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 D in

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The painting is part of my Rock Piles series from 2014-15 The works explore the concepts of atrophy and decay, versus order. Or put another way, the concepts of construction versus deconstruction. A pile is a system that can have completely opposite implications depending on the event which preceded it. If left to natural forces, large, organized elements wear down and break apart into smaller pieces. This is the decay process. However, broken pieces can also be reconstructed back into new organized systems, structures, or patterns. Entropy is an unavoidable reality. This process can be delayed but it can never be fully prevented. Mankind is in a unique position to recognize this fact and at some point, much thought focuses on this fate. The Rock Piles series is one of many interpretations of the process. On one hand, it is pessimistic since it recognizes the decay aspect. On the other, it shows Mankind's constructive intervention in this process to preserve as much as possible. These forces are a cycle and the rock is a symbol of this. Burning Coal illustrates the cycle of life and death which formed the coal over millions of years. As a fossil fuel, it has been given a new purpose as an energy source that sustains life, but then with overuse, takes it back.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 D in

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I am an American painter living abroad in Warsaw, Poland. My work primarily deals with a neutral examination of the concept of change as it pertains to the cycles of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. An objective distancing from the process allows one to see that our attitudes toward specific transitions differ according to whether we are outside the situation or within it, and which direction the change is headed. Nature and geography are used to illustrate this, with recurring subjects being, stones, rocks, natural debris, landscapes, and the cosmos. People seek stability in a dynamic universe that is in persistent motion. And while the paintings do not depict a human individual within the work, they do show evidence of human interaction. Many images show man's influence within an environment as an attempt to create sense from nature, chaos, entropy, and even death. As the life cycle of one material ends, new purposes for it may arise and consequently new rebirths. This leaves the viewer free to question what events are taking place and imagine themself within the work as both spectator and participant in the changing forces. Deeper connections are also observed by man's interaction with a continually morphing environment. The land is always changing, and as humans, we are always changing the land. Consequently, the work serves as a playful metaphor for the mutual connection between natural change and a man-made one.

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