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7.00"W x 10.00"H x 0.0"D

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Matt O'Neill

Elmira Heights, NY

Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: geographic, suprematism, constructivism, brown, purple, grey, green, abstraction, random, geography

Media: pen

Size: 7"W x 10"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2018

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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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