April 2 – June 14, 2009
Featuring Joel Carreiro
My work thrives on tensions generated by the interplay of characteristics often understood as opposites; figure/field, abstract/representational, present/past; organic/geometric. Rather than existing in simple opposition to each other, these aspects enjoy a complex relationship where difference and relatedness coexist in a state of constant flux.
In the studio, the simple act of bumping one square of imagery next to another yields complex results; some shapes, lines, colors and textures flow from one tile into the next, while others maintain their difference to the neighboring ones. Using square tiles of imagery allows for a maximum of compositional opportunities as I break down the identity of the source images and construct a new image. The construction of a piece involves thousands of decisions calibrating this complex interplay and the overall image produced. I am attempting to paint fluidly and lyrically although the underlying structure is a geometric grid.