Monday, May 28, 2012

Avocados from the Tasting Room

Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 48"

Work in Situ

My beloved new painting from the "Tasting Room" series is a sixteen square foot testament to the avocado. While the inside of the avocado is generally more seductive than its rough exterior, this particular avocado conveys an air of stoicism that I find intriguing and even appealing (pun intended). Presented in a context that might easily be described as "Mary Pratt meets minimalism meets photorealism," the familiarity of the avocado is exchanged for something more unexpected, and more uncomfortable. I could go on and on about the symbolism of my avocado, but for the sake of brevity, I'll say that I enjoy the symbolic nature of this piece. 

From a design perspective, I love this painting for its massive scale and bold use of negative space. I also enjoy its unique combination of minimalist aesthetics and classical methodologies, as the avocado, with all of its detail, is reduced to a black dot on a white canvas. 

If I had a large enough wall, I might never let this painting go.

To watch the creation of this painting, please visit:
(Music courtesy of Pearl Jam's Avocado Album)

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