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Saint Liberty

Greg Constantine's avatar Greg Constantine

The "Statue of Liberty" statue in New York harbor is as much a logo for America as the "Stars and Stripes" flag and the "Star Spangled Banner" national anthem are. She is the only one of the three that pleads for the relief of the suffering and downtrodden. She personifies freedom and liberty, therefore worthy to be called a saint. Constantine's technique uses the ready-made “machine” (the mouths of paint tubes) to apply the colors in gestures directly onto the canvas, referencing July 4th fireworks celebrations. Brushes were not used for this painting. He is unique in his use of the license plate format (utilitarian objects transformed into functional objects wearing the mantle of “high art”) to 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 “vanity” plates from various states. However, these have been joined together and are meant to be read as a statement. The plates are rendered as convincing Trompe L’oeil assemblages of found objects, but they are NOT real; they are hand crafted from vacuum-formed plastic then meticulously painted and distressed, with 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