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Kevin Arnold

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

My paintings carry the weight of domestic disconnect through the unsentimental depiction of generic, mass-produced objects. The unnoticed, utilitarian things that facilitate our day-to-day existence - plain cardboard boxes, metal chairs, air vents, folding tables, vinyl office furniture - are presented in a deadpan, almost existential manner in order to question our sense of the familiar and the quality of the attention paid to our surroundings. They stand, leaning, tucked away in corners functioning visually in the same way they function physically.

My approach has been to paint these 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. The artifice has been intertwined in a way that questions the tangible and the representational.

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