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This is a close up of the wax and acrylic technique, you can see the brushstrokes being pulled apart by gravity.
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Man 8 Painting

Joe Turek

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 18 W x 20 H x 0.1 D in

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When I began working as a teacher I had this tendency to try and control my students. Preparing lessons for them created mores stress and nothing got done. The work I make now turns this stress into images. My current work is an unorthodox combination of two painting media, acrylic and encaustic. They do not mix, instead I layer the acrylic atop the wax and melt it at an angle thus fusing the acrylic paint inside of the wax as you would in a collage. The resulting image is like seeing a brushstroke pulled apart into its strands and collapsed in a pile. Previous layers of paint come to fore, the paint gets turned inside out. The work has become a surrogate for the uncontrollable. I subject my paintings to heat stress and as a result the subjects of my paintings struggle to maintain their image in the work and in real life. I paint on wax because I cannot count on my decisions, these melted paintings become unreliable sites of intention.

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Painting:Acrylic on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:18 W x 20 H x 0.1 D in

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Joe Turek received a BFA and Art Education certification to teach high school art from Clarke University. He has taught in the Midwest for four years before temporarily leaving the profession to pursue his master's from Syracuse University. In addition to his creative output as an artist he is the assistant director of Talent Agency Teen Portfolio Development Inc. where he teaches inner city Syracuse teens art as well as completing other administrative tasks for the non-profit. His current body of work is a process similar to teaching. Each painting is subjected to a stressful situation to reveal the messy reality of human activity.

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