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Volcano Glade Painting

Christian Dodd

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 19 W x 15 H x 1 D in

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Factory painting of a mountain, trees and a stream with a small waterfall using the wet on wet technique popularised by Bob Ross. I have amended this painting to convert the mountain into an erupting volcano and the stream into a lava flow. 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. Factory painted landscape using the wet on wet technique popularised by Bob Ross with some additions. A cottage nestles in an idyllic countryside setting but new high rise tower blocks have been built behind it. A brachiosaur roams across the foreground while an extinction causing asteroid roars through the sky above. This series of pieces makes use of existing works as the basis for new additions. These Bob Ross style paintings with their imagined landscapes of trees, mountains, rivers, lakes and valleys, idyllic glades and woodland clearings, ramshackle old cabins and snow topped peaks form the perfect world into which I have inserted new inhabitants and features. These traditional luxurious gold framed paintings that were intended to convey a sense of the sublime are invaded by modern brutalist architecture, fictional cartoon characters, mechanical giants from manga or celebrities. Science fiction meets bucolic pastoral and futuristic cities, urban infrastructure or decaying post industrial scenes form the backdrop on the horizon. Pagan old gods are worshipped within the dark woodland and a countryside originally intended to be calming and peaceful becomes sinister and threatening, Cutting edge technology is placed alongside the tranquil beautiful natural world as imagined in these very un-fashionable paintings that were made in huge numbers by fans of the superstar painting teacher and were also produced by painting factories around the world in a form of mechanised art production very similar to the methods used by the likes of Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst to make large quantities of high price pieces. Will they too become as cringe inducingly kitsch exemplars of today’s aesthetic as these paintings are of 1980s and 1990s mainstream art culture? Aeroplanes, trains, bridges, tower blocks and skyscrapers now inhabit the world of these naturalistic oil paintings. The painting style of the added elements are intended to jar a little with the typical wet on wet style of the original pieces which use gestural processes to create the impression of foliage or rocks, tree branches and rippling water. These paintings make a humorous statement as a parody of the kitsch paintings on which they are created and will definitely be a talking point in any room. Their traditional appearance belies their joke content and so they would fit in a variety of interior designs. In a more old fashioned room the gold frames and picturesque old master look would at first glance conceal the subversion of their cool new avant garde or pop culture inhabitants. These pieces ship wired ready to hang. As they are readymade canvases of some age collectors should expect some cracking to original paint finishes and age related marks on frames. This is all part of their look.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:19 W x 15 H x 1 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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