The Image – by any means

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Title: The Image – by any means
Author: Minard, Richard
Abstract: Art is inherently a reflection of the human condition. As I am working, my intention is to make images that, at the very least, capture the audience's attention. By adding layers and fracturing the images, I want the audience to see through various visual relationships. These visual relationships can be interpreted as a metaphor of the often hectic and unstable qualities of daily life. As the human figure is my connection to the work, it also serves as the viewer's connection. The blending of media and mixing up of figurative representation with abstraction is my attempt to challenge the viewer to search for their own humanity among the clamor of everyday existence. I want to bring a sense of balance and harmony to the disorder of being. This body of work is an attempt to blend abstract expressionistic painting, collage, and large-format, digital, inkjet printing. In the past I have always kept my life as a graphic designer separate from my life as an artist. I now feel comfortable with the idea of integrating these aspects of myself to create energetic, stimulating, and thought-provoking images. The finished pieces range in size from 36"x24" to 63"x45". Some elements in the imagery are painterly in contrast to the mechanical and digital processes that I employ. Figurative elements are combined with abstract forms. Through training, education, and practice I have come to be a process-oriented artist. I don't intend to make art that overtly makes any kind of personal, social or political statement. The two things most important to me are the act of making the image and the image itself. This does not mean that content does not play a role in my process. As I work, I let the content emerge intuitively. I use the figure as an element of form. I use bright, contrasting and complementary colors to stimulate the image. I integrate pattern and design to create depth and motion.
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Date: 2010-10

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