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Friday, November 19, 2010

Revolutions @ Jean-Marc Fray



Thanks to all who joined us last night for the opening reception of Revolutions @ Jean-Marc Fray in Austin, TX!  It was a special and spectacular evening with great friends, old and new.


. . . R E V O L U T I O N S . . .



In this aesthetically whimsical body of work titled Revolutions, I use the circle to address the universal issues of time, speed, and change.  As a symbol, a circle or sphere could not be more fully loaded, as it represents some of the most powerful and universal elements that exist.  Aesthetically, the foundation for this work is the rotation of heavenly bodies--specifically the sun, the moon, and the Earth.  In Revolutions I address how the rotations of these heavenly bodies relate to human lives, with specific regard to the passage of time and the changes that occur in between these cycles.

The obvious visual reference to lunar phases and planetary rotation lays a solid foundation for the fusion of one kind of revolution with another.  As titles such as Medals from One Long War or The Waxing and Waning of My Constitution suggest, an internal, personal, or political revolution also takes place within the constructs of these temporal revolutions of nature, while the titles Mandala I and II suggest the quest or presence of a spiritual revolution.

I chose to deliver this concept in the form of a colorful palette of mixed media pieces, offering the viewer a playful respite from the gravity of its content.  The clean simple beauty of the natural maple both literally and aesthetically supports the rich impasto of the paint and collage.  It is my hope that the viewer will find both meaning and beauty in the balance of these two contrasting elements, as well as infuse his or her own understanding to the work, and therefore adding the most important dimension to the artwork--life.









The Waxing and Waning of My Constitution:  48" x 38", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple





Big Time Revolution: 48" x 72", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple







My Favorite Satellite: 40" x 40", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple






Mandala I:  53" x 32", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple




Mandala II:  53" x 32", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple




Bang Bang Universe: 60" x 96", mixed media on canvas




Days:  24" x 48", mixed media on canvas




Phases of the Great Rotation: 48" x 48", mixed media on canvas






Medals from One Long War (Service): 8" x 6", mixed media on canvas




Medals from One Long War (Defense): 8" x 6", mixed media on canvas




Medals from One Long War (Occupation): 8" x 6",  mixed media on canvas




Medals from One Long War (Honor): 8" x 6", mixed media on canvas




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