Garden Fence

Justin Bean

$2,500

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I have always been interested in both gestural abstraction and hard-edged or minimalist geometry, and after spending the last several years working with clean edges, flat shapes, and lots of tape, I decided I needed to dive back into a more organic and improvisational approach to my work. This painting and others like it begins with a thick layer of paint that I then draw into while the paint is wet. I let the resulting surface dry which leaves a network of ridges in the paint layer. I then begin to add different colors by loading a palette knife and running it over the surface, gradually building layer upon layer. These paintings generally have between 15 and 40 layers and must be seen in person to appreciate the depth of the texture. This work in particular has an underlying lattice structure that made me think of fencing or a trellis structure, hence the title.

8
30"H × 24"W × 1.5"D
Painting
Acrylic
Abstract
Expressionism
Unframed
Acrylic on canvas
No
No

STATEMENT

In my paintings I seek to integrate multiple modes of abstraction and create a visual language that speaks to coded networks of information and the relationship of the individual to the wider technological present. Using patterns, grids, geometry, and a variety of paint application techniques, my paintings act as mirrors that reflect the point at which thought intersects with form and material intersects with meaning.

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