Neo-Foliage

Neo-Foliage

This assemblage piece was another attempt to try something new to make the real three dimensional pipes work more harmoniously with the two dimensional painted pipes. It is hard to tell from these images, but about half of the painted pipes are embossed above the rest of the painting. They are pieces of one quarter inch plywood cut out in the shape of the pipes and then attached to the wooden support. I thought this embossment would provide a transition between the real and the fake. Although I do think it provides an interesting addition to the piece, I don’t believe it accomplishes what I hoped it would. I spent an entire semester painting and repainting this piece trying to resolve the issues and I still don’t think I ever really got it to where I hoped it would end up. I do however feel that it was my best version of the pipe assemblages up to this point even though I knew there were still problems. What I like the best about it is I really refined how I accentuated the texture on the real pipes by spending a lot more time on them and letting the background painted pipes fall more to the background. I was beginning to realize, at least subconsciously, that these things were more about the sculptural aspects than the painted ones. The other major advancement was my use of color. Even though this one is still pretty bright like Radioactive Jungle, it is much more subdued and a little more lifelike as to what a structure like this may eventually look like if left abandoned.




Neo-Foliage (detail)