Clicking through my inbox this morning, deluged with paintings slathered in bright, saturated color, I was reminded of an artists book produced in an MFA seminar I taught last semester at the University of Connecticut.
Russell Shoemaker, Lover's Lane, 2013, acrylic on canvas, large scale.
In Formula, painter Russell Shoemaker writes passionately about color, dividing it into several categories, one of which is synthetic.
Warning. It has a short line drawn between sex appeal and a retinal overload gross out. 1990s action figures, Toxic Avenger, these were the colors of mutants, Nickelodeon slime, rainbow neon highlighters, the Springfield power plant, and tanned leotard donned early morning ESPN exercise babes in front of hawaii backdrops. At times it was a digital realm we were not physically privy to, or an accent in a construction zone themed burger joint from a now empty highway strip mall. Synthesisphillia is now Second Life. It’s top-ten Pokemon cosplay blogs aggregating through the web. It's escapist. It's teens and basketball celebrities. Charles Burchfield channeled this sun air synthesis in a 'spiritual' or 'other wordly' quality without the use of even a highlighter. Synthetic is at once safety, ether, god, science, disgusting, and sexy.
Yeah, Russell--you nailed it. See you guys at Sideshow in May.
Joshua Marsh, &, ?, !, 2013, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches.
Paul Behnke, A Kind of Grail, 2012, acrylic on canvas
"Elisions: The 2013 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition," featuring work by painters Daniel Bohman and Russell Shoemaker, photographer Kathleen Deep, printmaker Christina Goncalves, and photographer/videographer Allison Hale. William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT. Look for another post about the exhibition when it comes to Sideshow Gallery in May.
"Paul Behnke: An Awful Rainbow," Markel Fine Arts, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through May 18, 2013.
"Xanda McCagg," Studio 7D, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through April 27, 2013.
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