Monthly Archives: December 2010

Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade is a 24 year-old artist who has innovated a Trompe-L’Oeil painting technique that can perceptually compress three-dimensional space into a two-dimensional plane. Her work is a fusion of installation, painting, performance, photography, and video art.

Rather than painting a representational picture on a flat canvas, Meade paints her representational image directly on top of her three-dimensional subjects. The subject and its representation become one and the same. Essentially, her art imitates life on top of life.

Meade’s approach to portraiture questions our understanding of the body and identity. Meade coats her models with a mask of paint, obscuring the body while intimately exposing it, creating an unflinchingly raw account of the person. The painted second skin perceptually dissolves the body into a 2D caricature. The subjects become art objects as they are transformed into re-interpretations of themselves. In turn, the models’ identities become altered by their new skin, embodying Meade’s dictated definition of their image to the viewer.

Meade’s project plays on the tensions between being and permanence. The physical painting exists only for mere hours and is obliterated when the model sheds its metaphorical skin. What endures is an artifact of the performance, a 2D photograph extracted from the 3D scene. The photographic presentations create a tension between the smoothness of the physical photographs and the tactility of the painted installations captured within them, blurring the lines between what is depicted and depiction itself.

To view her latest work, check Alexa’s Flickr page. And her web-site.

Jeremy Geddes

The White Cosmonaut, artwork by Jeremy Geddes.
Jeremy Geddes is based in Melbourne where he spends his time creating photo realistic paintings that portray extremes in emotion. He’s been published in several books and magazines, picking up a Spectrum Gold Award for his comic cover Doomed #4. He was born in NZ, but grew up in Geelong, these days he lives in Brunswick, Melbourne. He’s been painting full time since 2003, before that he’s working in video game development, and before that art school…. Very interesting Interview with Jeremy Geddes, read the full Interview with Jeremy at Australian Edge.

Jeremy Geddes for magazine Schön! 9, text by Sarah Fox.

Check his blog and web-site.

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