"Vincent van Gogh Observed" consists of four humorous fictions about the artist. The juxtaposition of color, shape, rustication and supposed origins make them visually engaging. Of course they are a play on words, and most viewers, when confronted by these groupings, will at first see a random juxtaposition of weathered automobile plates from various countries and states. They refer to the phenomenon of ubiquitous so-called “vanity” plates, with the exception that these have been joined together and meant to be read as a full statement. It may be noted that each plate is rendered as a convincing entity (although I created them from vacuum-formed styrene) and the groupings appear to be an assemblage of found objects. The license plate format is that of utilitarian objects transformed into functional objects wearing the mantle of “high art”. They open another territory in the development of Text art.
- Art form: 2-D
- Medium: Oil and acrylic on vacuum-formed styrene
- Width: 72 inches
- Year created: 2016
- Height: 80 inches