The Artists "Review" Artists Project was launched on June 30, 2008. Below is a "review" of Aaron McMasters' work, Generra, written by Michelle Hunter. Aaron provided the second jpeg, an image of Strange Bird, as well as a brief response to Michelle's "review."
Aaron currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and Michelle lives in New York, NY.
If you would like to participate in this project, please email me at jtkirkland [at] gmail [dot] com.
This is quite an interesting piece. I wish I knew more about the idea/inspiration behind it but for this review I will have to base it entirely on what I see. At first glance this painting looks rather simple but by looking into it a little more, it really tells a story.
A fairly simple palette was used to create the various elements of the painting, which includes the sky, grass, earth, the tree trunk and the gorilla. My eye first went from the gorilla to the tree stump then back to the circles of what appear to be smoke surrounding the animal. The conclusion that came to me was that the stump represented either a cigar or cigarette and the white circles around the gorilla are puffs of smoke. Since animals don't smoke (as far as I know) perhaps the artist is trying to give his/her interpretation of what mankind is doing to our environment. Things have come to a point where we can do what we want, when we want, with what we want no matter who or what is effected. The gorilla is even humanized by wearing a t-shirt, standing steadily on two feet and holding a glass.
The emotion I get from the painting is a sense of melancholy and stillness. The land in the painting looks neglected. The gorilla is looking at the viewer and doesn't seem to pleased. I can only hope I took from it what the artist intended. Perhaps there is a moral to this painting to remember that we aren't the only ones that reply on this planet.
Easy like painting a still life, stripes, color fields. Why bother painting? Am i a mere surrealist? Nope, I'm not going to worry about it too much.
The shirt is, to my mind, a heat sensitive "Generra" brand one from the eighties - hence the title. I think I nailed it, you know, with the scumbling or whatever. I need to use smaller brushes and be more patient.
I didn't plan the picture. It is what it is.
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