Description: In a series of paintings called "Printed Matter Redesigned", Michael Eastman uses his commercial art background to vastly improve familiar print media. In this case the subject is an exhibition brochure of Persian paintings at the Brooklyn Museum. View side by side comparison of painting and orginal brochure. Michael Eastman uses words, numbers and figures as abstract elements and sometimes for their meaning as well. This painter expects the viewer to use eyes and intellect to discern whether a word or number is a message or simply a mark. The words "Qajar Epoch" and some Arabic-like symbols appear on this painting. View detail. In composing his paintings, Eastman often employs graffiti-like writing. Since Michael Eastman enjoys aping the look of naive art, we place him in that category. But, Eastman's approach to his work is cerebral, often witty, and quite abstract--not at all the urgent, direct attitude typical of a naïf or outsider artist. |
Visit the Tribeca studio of Michael Eastman whose work is included in the collection of Hirshhorn Museum (Washington,DC) and the Mauntner-Markof Collection (Vienna, Austria).
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