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Canvey Summer Isle - SOLD Painting

Christian Dodd

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 13 W x 11.5 H x 1.5 D in

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Factory painted bucolic landscape painted using the wet on wet technique popularised by Bob Ross with some additions. This idyllic scene is now set against the industrial backdrop of Canvey Island's skyline, a seaplane (used by Edward Woodward in the Wicker Man) is moored in the creek and a fire is burning in the woodland. Perhaps in preparation for some pagan ritual? All of this is now secured behind a barbed wire fence. If we are to accept that, as Oscar Wilde asserted, 'all art is quite useless', that we are causing environmental damage with each new object we produce and that we have experienced 'peak art' then the only responsible thing to do is amend existing artworks. Since the theory of peak art suggests no new ideas of value can be expressed a reconfiguration of known subject matter is the only possible response.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:13 W x 11.5 H x 1.5 D in

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"Asking a visual artist to describe their work is like asking an author to paint a picture of their book." Christian James Dodd is a multidisciplinary artist interested in themes of distortion, contradiction, futility and inevitability. His work encompasses drawing, painting, print, cyanotype, polaroid and digital photography, image manipulation using a variety of media such as oil, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, pastel, marker, collage, crayon and found images, maps, charts, texts, books, stencils etc. Previous collections of works have explored themes such as advertising, infantile images and compositions inspired by illustrations in Ladybird books and their relationship to pop art. The enduring appeal of reflective surfaces and shiny objects in a world of mechanised production and the human mind’s tendency to attempt to find order in random or chaotic systems (pareidolia). In his latest series of works the composition of the slide puzzle or eight puzzle is used to obscure, reveal and reconfigure multiple images concerned with all the previous themes which are all present in a single space and either incompatible or inevitable in their repetition. The slide puzzle layout, reminiscent of the ubiquitous user interface design seen in many applications, encourages reconfiguration, ordering and sortation to achieve pleasing or satisfactory outcomes but is a very limited method of handling complex subjects. Like the demand of computational logic that all vague, ambiguous, romantic or esoteric artefacts be describable, quantifiable in either numbers or words is flawed so these images are flawed by the rigid framework within which they are represented. This framework challenges the viewer to order and sort without ever achieving a fully coherent outcome or always receiving an unsatisfactory one. The past may be incompatible with the present, the scientific with the spiritual, the corporate goal with the romantic ideal, the materialistic aim with the mortal inevitability. The 3 x 3 grid of the slide puzzle contains 362,880 possible configurations half of which are achievable within the limited movements of a slide puzzle. These pieces can be configured in all possible positions and may conceal images and messages within any of them. Layers, outlines, surfaces, finishes, textures, reliefs may be made up of paint, ink, collage, pencil, pen, crayon, pastel, acrylic, varnish etc.

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