Description: In his witty, puzzle-like paintings Michael Eastman uses words and figures as abstract elements and sometimes for their meaning as well. These works are not literal puzzles to be solved, instead they are artworks to be puzzled over: it is up to the viewer to discern whether a word or number is a message or simply a mark. The latter tends to be true when the artist quotes a snippet of poetry. The phrases: "a blue thread" and "this winged hour is dropped from above" are from "Silent Noon" a Dante Gabriel Rossetti love poem. View text detail. View detail of lady. |
Eastman often uses irregular, graffiti-like writing in making his paintings. 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, pointed, 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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