Recon Grid 15, 50x43 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2011
”[…]“hand-made” painting style with seemingly inadvertent paint drippings, scratches and traces of brush strokes make “Art” once again the focus of attention. Indeed, the Canadian painter takes part in an ongoing discourse on the essence and the possibilities of abstract painting and makes conscious reference to predecessors such as Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Stella or Richard Tuttle, who especially in the 1960s provided new impulses in the field of painterly geometric abstraction […]”
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Willie Cole - “Sunflower”
In Sunflower, Cole created an elaborate composition of a sunflower by repeatedly scorching the hot surfaces of irons onto the canvas. The motif refers to the artist Vincent van Gogh, who likewise employed this imagery. Cole’s act of scorching the canvas suggests the branding of skin. The resultant patterning is also akin to West African printed cloth. In a spiritual context, the scorched painting represents the force of Ogun, the African god of iron, labor, and war and the “patron saint” of metalworkers and blacksmiths among the Yoruba people of West Africa. Cole evokes Ogun through his choice of materials and motifs, and relates to the deity as an artist himself through the same means.
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