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bicoastal_4 Painting

Mike Ryczek

United States

Painting, Oil on Wood

Size: 12 W x 12 H x 0.8 D in

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Bicoastal is a series of small collage inspired pieces using source photography taken while visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway this last year. My challenge is to integrate pieces of botanical / landscape imagery from two very different regions into one seamless, imagined space. Through this I hope to study the ways in which weather affects overall mood and can lead to strong changes in one’s outlook and personality over long periods of time. By attempting to capture and express these conflicting moods within the same picture plane, my goal is to arrive at four (possibly more or less) distinct pieces that each form one ambiguous emotional state. Best, _Mike

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Painting:Oil on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:12 W x 12 H x 0.8 D in

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I see each of my paintings as a dense collection of layered missteps guided by a single underlying intention. In most of my work, I’m attempting a semi-realistic interpretation of an imagined environment, employing realism and abstraction in a way that gives the impression of a scene on the verge of collapse. The photographic source material I use serves as both a jumping off point and something to fight against. I try to glean from the source only that which resonates with me and dispose of the rest so as to avoid slavish depiction. The ideal result is a faint echo or a total reconstruction of what is observed, anchored by recurring themes of nostalgia, my own existential anxieties and the corruption of human memory. I view the painting process as a form of self-examination – the end product’s value lying in the thoughts, emotions and memories I’ve projected onto the objective source.

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