FORM AND FLOW
Reflective of my artistic journey over the last 3 years, the title Form and Flow seemed the obvious choice for this exhibition. The show itself is a basic time line of my development and growth as an artist over the past 36 months.
My foray into the professional art world began with geometric designs in black and white acrylic paint that reflected my desire to express my creativity in a bold straight forward yet interesting way. The process was very time consuming and tedious which gave the creative challenge that I loved so much. But how do I go beyond the boundaries of the geometric designs? Yes, the black and white geometric paintings posed a challenge, but what more could I do? I wanted complexity beyond the normal confines of those drawn lines. I wanted to paint outside the lines and breathe life into the art. I wanted it to have a soul. I would have to use color to progress in the direction I needed to go.
In my experimentation with acrylic paints I saw what they were capable of. Ive seen them take on a life of their own. But how could I possibly capture that on a canvas? The color combinations I saw were endless and more beautiful than I ever imagined. After a year and a half of what I would describe as my mad scientist state of mind, I finally figured out how to control the process enough to capture it on canvas. I was finally able to flow movement, depth and life onto a canvas and maintain its integrity. My basic structured geometric black and white paintings had evolved into more complex and outside the lines paintings dominated by color and movement.
Im always asked who influenced my work. Im not an art history major so I never knew how to respond properly to that question. I did realize along the way how much the German Bauhaus School of Design (1911-1922) influences many artists styles. It was the forerunner of the modernistic design movement. The Bauhaus philosophies embodied minimalism, geometrics, clean lines with bold simple coloration. My geometrics were certainly influenced by this school of thought. The teachers and students were amazingly creative and left a distinctive legacy for the future.
In this show, I pay homage to the creativity of the students of Buahuas who designed amazing costumes for theater productions and parties. Their geometric human-like figures and costumes are some of the most creative Ive ever seen. I have incorporated my own designs of Buahaus-like figures into my show using simple colors drawn from the large flow paintings on display to tie the form of geometrics with the flow of color and life.
Enjoy. FORM AND FLOW by J Michael McGuirt
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The exhibition runs weekdays through May 5.