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Carambolage de onzième Settembre

30.00"W x 20.00"H x 0.0"D

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Matt O'Neill

Elmira Heights, NY

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: expressionism, abstract, fauvism, destruction, chaos, disorder, flux, 9-11

Media: acrylic

Size: 30"W x 20"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2018

One of two pieces I painted on September 11, 2001, processing the impact of what I was witnessing--both as a television viewer, and a direct witness (Crystal City, Virginia). Here the environment is in flux, there was so much reportage that day that turned out to be false or misleading, but which contributed to my sense of panic.

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.

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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