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Side Of...

30.00"W x 20.00"H x 0.1"D

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Matt O'Neill

Elmira Heights, NY

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: discussion, evocative, earthtones, watercolor, visceral, expressionistic, abstract, line-art

Media: ink, watercolor, pen, gouache on paper

Size: 30"W x 20"H x 0.08"D

Year Created: 2009

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"Side Of..." as in, is a non-represenational piece that evinces seeming brutality, but also the softness of strength--a contrast between internalization and nourishment--also the apparent chaotic shapes that define how we make decisions: i.e; packaging versus incidental shapes. I present this work as a discussion piece, rather than a condemnation or vindication of any particular personal philosophy.

Painted in a variety of water-based media, the overlying planes give depth to the visual message. The "canvas" is Strathmore 500 illustration board, a heavyweight, plate surface that gives lustre to the work.

It is now being offered framed--the simple black metal frame holds the museum-quality UV-resistant plexiglas a quarter inch off the artwork, for a delicate and refined shadowbox effect.

The slight grey band visible in the image is an artifact of the scanning process, not in the actual artwork.

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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