Description: Michael Eastman likes the idea of words on a painting. This work, "Baby", shows how Eastman uses words, numbers and figures as abstract elements. 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. Eastman often uses 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, often witty, and quite abstract--not at all the urgent, direct attitude typical of a naïf or outsider artist. |
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