Robert Magginetti

26 05 2011

I like Robert Magginetti’s work. A lot of it reminds me of traditional collages that I cut my teeth on. I have added one of my own that I think is similar to one of Magginetti’s.

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Mary Virginia Carmack

26 05 2011

This artist has a ton of terrific work. There is a variety of styles in her collages and her photo work is also superb.

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Tom Gallant

26 05 2011

Tom Gallant’s work has the headline grabbing use of pornography as art to fetch many a viewer. (I was intrigued myself.) There is an interesting interview with him about this topic in Glass magazine. I think that by definition one could say that art and pornography cannot be the same thing. It raises controversy where no argument exists. And in Tom Gallant’s case his lovely work is more like lace than print. One could look at his pieces and not even notice anything provocative about them.

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Robert Mars

26 05 2011

From Robert Mars’ statement:

“My paintings employ layers of color, subtly collaged printed matter from the 1950’s and 1960’s, and stark, black imagery. Remote, indistinct landscapes capture the once poetic, and now nearly lost highway strips of the American past. Formerly the promise of hope and prosperity; these icons are now a sign of desperation and ruin.”

There is in Mars work a sense of bleakness. Peeled paint. Abandoned gas stations. Restaurants abandoned. A landscape where the language has somehow been lost. Some of the collages almost look like road maps. Like aerial shots of the landscape. With the roads gone.

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