PYROTECHNICS Sculpture by Andre Paul Croteau

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Andre Paul Croteau

United States


Size: 22.6 W x 22.8 H x 1 in

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Art Description

Sculpture: Resin, Color, Textile, Found Objects, Lights on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other, Plastic, Glass.

"opulent frieze"... hand-poured resin layers with sculpted textile collage and objects. This particular piece was inspired by an evening of fireworks I attended on the coast of Massachusetts, this past summer. It’s part of my ongoing exploration of color subtlety and its’ ever-changing interaction with light… a modern-day fascination with Impressionism, so to speak. LOL

The study of “color and light” has long held an interest for me. Initially, I was looking for a contemporary sensibility, within which to capture my love for the brilliance of stained glass. In the end, through much trial and error, I’ve coined a unique, shining and organic genre of my own.

I refer to the pieces I create as “opulent friezes”. On the surface, they’re perfect, glassy panels, but as one looks more-closely, a deeply sculptural interior is revealed, one which reflects and refracts light, in varying degrees, to create a happy, opulent, undulating world. My work’s not about social commentary… rather, its’ sole intention is to evoke a glossy, shiny sense of life, energy and well-being for those that experience them.

That’s not to say there’s not a deeper, more-personal expressionist conversation going on, beneath the surface. The genesis of every “visual exploration” is a conceptual destination that points my process in a particular aesthetic direction. But in the end, I don’t try to firmly control the outcome. Rather, I allow each piece to pragmatically evolve until it reaches its’ own peaceful conclusion… when it’s finally “at rest”. Afterwards, a more-random, chemical transformation continues-on, right until the point at which the composition becomes frozen in time, forever.