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STAN WASHBURN

Artist Statement


My work is drawn from daily life, but with adjustments. I notice the parts of the world that suggest formal elements that intrigue me—certain patterns of light and dark and color, certain surfaces and textures and brushstrokes. I go to galleries and museums to see the art, but I get distracted by the way doorways and molding and pictures and their frames and the people standing or passing in front of them form compositions, coming and going. Indeed, a fair test of a work of art is whether it is more interesting than the room that contains it, or the gallery-goer standing in front of it.


As the theme of the gallery begins to encompass the whole experience, it naturally undergoes adjustments. My interiors are seldom representations of any real place. The art on the wall gets tweaked—those painters were pursuing their ends, but I'm pursuing mine. The gallery-goers are often nude. This is a sight which I seldom encounter in life, but in the context of art it makes a sort of sense. Gentle humor appeals to me.


As with galleries and art, so with other subjects—landscapes, still-lifes, people in their workplaces. In theory, the potential for art is everywhere, but some subjects are more engaging than others. These predispositions and their technical expression are what constitute style: the part of the process that an artist doesn't rethink each time. Style comes from personality and experience—from history, from ancestors, from Adam. It all gets very tangled and complex. If it were less so, the results would be much less interesting.


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