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Friday, October 15, 2010

Duel




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Duel

Oil on Birch, 2010, 14"x 36"x 14"

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Another in my split screen dilemma series. The shooters are facing off when viewed head on but as you move they aren't really aiming at each other. A hare is crouching in the landscape and they are physically aimed at that, but will the bullets travel through the painting? Did the painting conspire to make them shoot at each other? If they fire will the hares and each other all be doomed? Will they be frozen in paint for eternity or will they eventually fire? Its not for me to decide.

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Sniper

Oil on Birch, 2010, 15"x 60"x 15"

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This is the first piece I made in a new series of paintings. I have tried to set up a dilemma of sorts, with a lot of different outcomes depending on how you view the painting both physically and mentally. First the painting is split in two and curved out toward the viewer, there is an action on either side of this split with a dubious outcome if viewed head on. But a lot of questions can arise from this. Will the painting itself stop the bullet? Did the universe conspire to reach out and interfere? If the painting is laid out flat does this change the bullets course? If viewed from the side you can't see the bullet or the soldier depending on where you're standing and everything is ok. Or is this just a way to pause time, and mentally save a life?