Read Between the Lines

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Read Between the Lines


Size: 36 x 48


Read Between the Lines is an acrylic mixed media collage work, mixing ripped paper, layers of mediums, paint, glazes, and acrylic skins.  The imagery is loosely inspired by the Fluxus movement.

In the 60s, the Fluxus movement had no single unifying style. Its avant-garde artists used a range of media and processes adopting a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude to creative activity, and using whatever materials were at hand to make art. Seeing themselves as an alternative to academic art and music, Fluxus was a democratic form of creativity open to anyone. It valued simplicity and anti-commercialism, with chance and accident playing a big part in the creation of works, and humor also being an important element. It was also seen as being “anti-art.”

By juxtaposing a large, bright, loose, hand-drawn font with old, small typewriter key strikes, it begins to create a tension.  Neither style spells an intelligible thought, so the viewer is forced to try and make sense of what’s seen.  They must read between the lines…thinking perhaps the smaller text may reveal the “true” message.  Yet the message is not hidden in either layer, but rather suggestive of our constant journey to understand the world around us.  Using cues, social behavior, words, and information to interpret the experiences we’re daily confronted with.  We’re constantly having to Read Between the Lines.

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