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GAVIN W. SEWELL
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Current Group Exhibitions:

THE ART OF JERRY GARCIA AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD
Opening reception Thursday evening, April 19th
409 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

What's real to you?
Opening reception Friday, April 20
1429 Iris Street NW, Washington D.C. 20012

Montréal - NYC

I make thoughtful often intricate mixed media
art objects, paintings, and prints. The work’s concerns generally evolve on three axes: First, my experience as a person with low and decreasing vision has heightened my sensitivity to the invisible, ambiguous, the distorted,
the grey, and the blurry, as well as the paradoxes of being a visual artist with extreme low vision.

Second, the social and economic concerns of growing up in a dying factory town often inform my choice of materials and palette. In a dual nod to the rustbelt
and to mixed media masters like Kurt Schwitters, Louise Bourgeois, the Kienholzes, Fred Tomaselli, and Julian Schnabel, I gravitate towards discarded objects from thriftstores or dumpsters; old magazines and picture
books made obsolete by overproduction. My practice seizes consumerism’s anonymous debris of advertisements, litter, and media images and appropriates it into matrices of subjective symbolism.

Third, a lifelong interest in literature and philosophy often provides approaches and subjects. Because of my visual impairment, I have access to the Library of Congress audio collection for the blind, and the books I listen to while making art transmit a powerful trace to my work.
Surreal storytelling and abstract painting interplay in wallsculptures layered with photographs and found objects. From patterns discovered in a few select components at the beginning of my process, I interweave layers of material like subplots of a novel, adding elements strategically or
intuitively to reach a dynamic equilibrium of intellect and emotion.

The pieces are often conceived as postmodern
equivalents to religious icons, memory gardens or totem poles: thought provoking objects in which a viewer’s gaze finds and explores systems of interpretation and meaning. I play in the realm between narration and hypnotic suggestion, implying halfseen stories of the absurd, the paradoxical, and the hopeful too.

 

image right: Knowing She Has Wings, collage, 30" x 40"
followed by Swiftly Tilting, collage on paper

 

 

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Knowing She has Wings by Gavin Sewell

Gavin Sewell