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Brian Meola

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Brian Meola

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Brian's work manifests his interest in two Modernist traditions: Post-painterly Abstraction and Duchampian selection and editing. He works in both photography and painting.  

In his more figurative painted works, he first establishes unique parameters for found photographic images (or those he captures himself from haphazard activity or scenes), thus obtaining  intentionally manipulated and crafted final images that serve as the inspiration for the paintings. Within these parameters the pre-determined images are executed in a loosely figurative manner, but with a strong abstract sensibility (and occasionally a diversion into the surreal).  In other instances, when working directly on canvas without a preconceived image, he similarly establishes parameters (except in this instance the parameters are in regard to technique, material, medium and color).  However, the image is, to a large extent, left to chance and beyond his ultimate control.  He allows the paint to run, congeal and create pattern, surface, texture and form on the canvas, with minimal intervention, though he has also, in several series of works, added shapes, images and borders either randomly or with painstaking precision (bringing the same sort of editing process to the completion of the work as that which he subjected original source images to at the start).  These abstract images, whether on complex geometrical canvases or simple rectangular ones, possess remarkable depth, and they shine with an amazing inner light.  Some appear as portals to another world, while others play with our perceptive instincts and feel eerily recognizable, albeit in a disorientingly distorted way.   

In his photography-based works, Brian has generally used preexisting images that have been cropped and manipulated by a magazine editor or layout artist.  He re-contextualizes the images with his own additions and subtractions, again playing with our perception and blurring the lines between the original image and the final work of art. 

Brian's work reflects the core sensibilities of contemporary visual arts in an impressively original manner, yet in a traditional medium on a two-dimensional surface.  It is intellectually challenging and, at the same time, has enormous aesthetic appeal.

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