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Landscapes in mixed media, primarily using acrylic paint and media as the main ingredient. Traditional painting involves illusion. Little marks and areas of paint, made with a knife, spoon, or brush are used to create the semblance and illusion of people places and things. In modern times many of these painting subjects have been abstracted, sometimes into completely idea-based art. Landscapes have featured prominently in many innovative art movements that lead towards abstraction. Is there anything new left in the landscape? Anything left to say or do with landscapes in a painter’s media?
Landscape subjects, compositions and ideas can provide a solid ground for experimentation in media. In Reinventing the Landscape, landscape and seascapes themes are presented that incorporate experiments with paint and mixed media. There is a focus on abstraction throughout the group of works. In contemporary painting, abstraction focuses strongly on subjects, themes, contained within the imagery as the major abstracted elements. In some cases the abstract ideas themselves are conceptualized then abstracted into simple evocative markers, as in conceptual painting.
In contrast, the works in Reinventing the Landscape function as recognizable landscapes with recognizable features. The media and materials themselves used to create the landscape illusion have been repurposed, reinvented, and “abstracted” instead. A length of string becomes the drawn line used to portray a branch, the mixing physics of paint is used to portray turbulent seas, acrylic painting media is extruded to form become 3-D roping textures in bark, and solid dry media are used as visual stand-ins for landscape elements.