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9.00"W x 12.00"H x 0.5"D

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Matt O'Neill

Elmira Heights, NY

Medium: Collage

Subject Tags: lineform, urban, abstraction, geographic, abstract, lineart, mixed-media

Media: ink, watercolor, pigment, gouache, liner

Size: 9"W x 12"H x 0.5"D

Year Created: 2018

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The image size is 9x12 inches, the frame is 16x20. The image is floated over a black background with a half inch of black background, surrounded by an archival quality passepartout with a white face and a black core. The black metal frame is extremely thin, showing only a 1/4 inch sliver of black in front.

Environment is key to feeling, and I seek to create a sense of more than one environment, not only to examine what juxtaposition would look like visually, but also to create a "musical" dialogue for the eyes that avoids stagnancy and counterpoints the inherent dynamism possible in a static image.

If I were to use one word to define my aim as a didactic artist, it would be "Hitsuzendo."

If I were to use a different word to define what happens to me when compelled to create, it would be "Anarchy."

I ask you, the beholder, to suspend preconception but not to reject your personal reaction.

The grind and excitement of near-constant movement has given me a stormy and tense relationship to space, and to movement within that space. From walled-off Berlin, foggy Vienna, quaint Alpine villages, and myriad boxy American cities--each environment adding something subtle to my creations. I often pose the philosophical question--why would a thing need to represent another thing, if its own beauty in form should be recognized? I crave tension--seeking truth through examination of angles, trial--error, and the narrative that develops visually through the "indelibility" of contact between pen and paper.

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