Tuesday, October 14, 2008

next stop, NYC

I heard there was an incredible art show currently in the main concourse at the UC (University Center) at UT. It will be up until November 6….
Actually, it’s my artwork. This is the biggest “show” I’ve ever done, a very nerve-racking and exciting experience. It’s old and new work. The UC is open, I’m pretty sure, all the time. You can email me at aemeadows@gmail.com and tell me what you think or if you have any questions. I’m always looking for good conversations about art and constructive criticism.

So here’s my artist statement for this particular show. Enjoy.

My drawings and paintings are figurative expressions of personal experiences influenced by people I’ve met or places that have had an impact on me. Stylistically, I am deeply influenced by children’s book illustrations. The figures I draw are flat and the settings are stage-like. Though people are present in most of my work, I don’t consider them portraits. The space, colors, composition, and choice of mark-making are equally as important as each figure. Most pieces contain in them a childlike sensibility juxtaposed by a somber or dark tone. They are an extension of the tension life presents by being funny and serious, simple and complex, light and heavy all at once. They embrace and even help cope with the paradoxes each day brings. Mostly, they reflect a desire for hope and relief in the midst of personal and universal struggle.

5 comments:

ck said...

i REALLY like the two alps ones on your website. i never really liked pink until i saw them. especially the ski lift one.

max. said...

yup. it's amazing. but too bad there aren't any likenesses of me up there! gah! j/k big b. just wait for 20,000 vol fans to walk by your work this weekend. should be good.

Robert said...

Well ... if you can make it here ... i guess, you can make it anywhere!

Anonymous said...

is there such a thing as "make it here"?

xoxo

Big B said...

that's actually a good question. i think so, it just depends on what degree of success your satisfied with. there are some incredibly talented artists in knoxville. location doesn't make you a success. unfortunately the majority of people buy into that. there are some really terrible artists in new york that are "making it"...
that's my 2 cents.