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Collage the First

20.00"W x 20.00"H x 3.0"D

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Matt O'Neill

Elmira Heights, NY

Medium: Collage

Subject Tags: non-objective, kandinsky, paper collage, dimensional, layers, whitespace, power, contemporary, tension, chiaroscuro, collage

Media: watercolor, collage, marker on paper

Size: 20"W x 20"H x 3"D

Year Created: 2012

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Working with elements of my own work, I created a three-level collage that incorporates my love of the dynamism between chaos and order with my slow approach to dimensionality--being generally more enamoured of a register system like hieroglyphics.

This work is presented in largely white-space dominance, under a deep-rabbet frame in white metal that allows for the lineforms to "pop" out at the viewer in different ways depending on angle and light conditions. The scanned version here is a very good representation, but misses the actual dynamism and power of the finished, dimensional, and present work--I encourage interested parties to contact me for additional pictures, or to utilize the return feature with Vango as an insurance against the unlikely instance that you don't feel the impact of this work.

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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