Floaters is a recent series of large-scale portraits painted in watercolor. These works discuss a metaphysical perspective on the human condition, through an exploration of visual cues that suggest floatation. Individuals and objects portrayed in these paintings are all experiencing some type of liberation from the most basic human constraint, the reality of gravity. Watercolor paper is stretched to a full sheet of plywood and painted on an easel. This vertical surface not typical for watercolor, allows the painting to drip, acting as a reminder of gravity.
While the images portray in a literal sense, uplifting, many suggest a dichotomy between freedom and constraint, and it is difficult to tell if figures are floating fluidly or frozen in space, or somehow trapped in an odd metaphysical environment. There is a certain absurdity to the combination of pose, expression, and material objects depicted in these paintings that present a questioning of the unknown, rather than work to symbolize and represent held beliefs as traditional portraiture has often attempted.
This exhibition also featured additional elements related to the theme, supporting ready made sculptures, art historical references and installations, and an eclectic mix of noise making audio and video equipment in collaboration with performers Video Destroyer, Jamie Junction, Dario RE and The Theodores.
GET TO KNOW, THESE AWESOME SOULS:
Jamie Junction: http://spokanefilmproject.com/about/members/jamie-junction/
Dario Re: http://www.dariore.co
Dylan Stiegemeier: https://thetheodores.org