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Tim Kent

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

The two-dimensional picture plane of painting has shifted from a standardized formal element to a pattern of behavior. However, the majority of my formal elements are made during the canvas creation stage, before I ever put a brushstroke to the surface. The end result emphasizes a structure of light and color, and explores the parallel nature of painting and sculpture.
My process begins with rapid prototyping, to explore the boundaries of the stretched canvas. The space and volume of the canvas are used as chiseling tools to give an understanding of color in relation to the form they’re on and the plane in space they occupy. My work allows the audience to visualize color in a three dimensional dialect, as well as to consider how the surface of a plane and the edge and interior of a canvas can all create an important avenue for discovering and uncovering.

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