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Kevin Arnold

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

To say that we are inundated with an ever-growing amount of visual information is by now a cliché. However, in order to process so much information, we must develop routines to separate the consequential from the non-essential. By painting the mundane to a certain level of realism, I try to disrupt the viewer’s habits of looking and challenge the almost mechanical process of the scan.

My approach has been to paint the objects at a 1:1 ratio from direct observation. The use of trompe l’oeil and the 1:1 ratio is a means of playing with the familiarity of scale and perspective while creating an intimate, almost surreal encounter for the viewer. In other words, the painting begins to function visually in the same way it functions physically. It begins to act like the thing it is.

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