Article on Colleen Asper in American Art Collector
"Untitled #6 (Mythologies of Boyhood)"
"The devil was great...."
I am fascinated in the notion of constructed realities and forged histories and how we perceive and accept our world. These works seek to question and explore these ideas.
Lately I have been making paintings based largely on recreations of real life events and then pairing them with found texts as titles. I am interested in what I observe to be very few absolute truths in our world, and how small changes can transform our perceptions. For example, how conscious and unconscious actions can affect the truth of what I am attempting to create or (recreate) with a camera or how that is changed once again when made into a painting or drawing by the addition (or lack thereof) of the artist’s hand.
I am also interested in how the viewer reacts to and deals with this imagery in light of new information. For example, the addition of found text to an object can change how we read and perceive that object in the light of new information. And by inviting viewers to bring their own personal experiences to the work, it allows them to add layers of meaning that I didn’t initially intend. Thus in the end, the work hopefully creates both questions and answers.
We are preconditioned to believe that a photograph tells the truth. I'm interested in this play of reality between photography and painting. Much of our daily lives are spent trying to find our way in a world saturated by pop culture and violence, from the mass media exposure we get on a daily basis to the fake wood paneling on our entertainment units. I want these works to have that feeling of veneer, trying to discern the real from the fake.
Judith Raphael - On the Verge
Judith Raphael introduces her most recent paintings of adolescent girls on
the verge of womanhood. These shift from archetypal portraits of
contemporary girls to narratives which deliberately juxtapose extreme and
sometimes extraordinary experience. At times the paintings make reference
to the mythological and take their stances from classical male sculptures,
and other times the particular energy and intent the artist desires is
derived from photos of basketball players from the front page of the
sports section. All the paintings are made using a matte, acrylic based
gouache on panels coated with kaolin. As Robert Berlind says in his
December 2003 review of Raphael’s work in Art in America – “These
materials account in part for the exquisite delicacy of surface and
fine-tuning of color that enhance and set off the spunk of these complex,
"Self Portrait as Rooster Warrior"
In his first solo show at gescheidle, Tim Vermeulen is exhibiting a series
of twenty-four oil paintings based on Dante's Inferno. The paintings are
small, figurative, autobiographical narratives. The events of the Inferno
are recast in the artist's childhood world with two young boys as the
central characters of Virgil and Dante. The voyage through Hell becomes a
metaphor for the exploration of the violent fears and fantasies of young
males. Hell, in this conception, is not only a place but may also be
thought of as a psychological predicament. The images follow a journey
through this metaphorical Hell where the subjects try to connect with
themselves and with the world around them.
Eric Wert's fascination with anatomical detail lingers, as seen in the intricate components of his floral still life oil paintings. Working from photo references and transparencies, his true to life photorealist works are dominated by vibrant colors and larger than life presence. Wert is the recipient of the 2002 Still Life Competition, hosted by Artists Magazine.
"Socks and Eyeshadow"