Saint Liberty

Greg Constantine's avatar Greg Constantine Vote Code: 66746

The Statue of Liberty in New York harbor is as much a logo for America as The Stars and Stripes and The Star Spangled Banner are. It is the only one of the three that pleads for the relief of the suffering and downtrodden. She personifies freedom and liberty, therefor worthy of sainthood. Constantine invented the technique of utilizing the ready-made “machine” (the mouths of paint tubes) to apply the gestures and colors directly onto the canvas, referencing July 4th fireworks celebrations. Brushes were not used for this painting. The artist also is unique in using the license plate format as utilitarian objects transformed into functional objects wearing the mantle of “high art.” They open another territory in the development of Text Art. The juxtaposition of color, shape, rustication and supposed origins make them visually engaging. Most viewers, when confronted by these plates, will at first see a random collection of weathered automobile plates from various 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 quote or statement. It should be noted that the plates are rendered as convincing Trompe L’oeil assemblages of found objects. (They are hand crafted from vacuum-formed styrene then meticulously painted, including the application of actual rust.)

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas, and styrene
  • Width: 54 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 81 inches