If one was to pay close enough attention, they may see seasonal shifts in the Absolute painting series that run in tandem with when the work was created. Of course, this is an obvious side effect when using natural elements as subject matter. However, I’ve also found that this seasonal shift can give a rich conceptual tie-in that grows as the body of work progresses. Read on to find why this piece is different.
Depending on whether or not you follow my art, you may know that I use reclaimed materials in almost every body of artwork I make. If you’re new to my work you can see many examples of this here. Several of my recent artworks have been painted on planks of 100+ yr old reclaimed barn shelving. During its former life, one side of the shelving was protected from the elements with a thick grayish-white paint. The other side was left a rich wood grain that darkened over time from the barn atmosphere. To clean away some of the residue that may have collected over the years, I had to sand down both sides of the wood. Each time I cleaned off the surface residue on the backside, I wondered how I’d use this aged surface in the final piece. Absolute: Earnest is the result.
The occasional conversational sidebar can prove to be a helpful way to add extra depth to a particular idea without stepping aside completely. As the Absolute series has grown, there has been several micro-series within the larger set. Absolute: Contrive and its sister painting Absolute: Construct are such examples. Both pieces(photos below) are the same size and expand upon similarly themed content. Read on for more information.
After a gallery visit and meeting the director, I’m extremely pleased to announce that I’ve recently started a new relationship with the George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles. An Absolute painting has made its way to the gallery and will hopefully pioneer the journey for many more pieces in this location. A ‘test drive’ is usually in order for exhibiting with new galleries and I’m quite optimistic that our friendship has plenty to build on. If you’re in the area, please stop in and check out the space.
More About the Gallery
The George Billis Gallery is an exhibition space with locations in New York City and Los Angeles. After maintaining a successful contemporary art space in New York, the George Billis Gallery opened a second location in the Culver City Art District in LA. Their locations in the heart of Chelsea Art District and Culver City Art District provide a great platform to showcase national and international artists.
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