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☞ Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 12:11 ☜

Anne Neukamp

Neukamp’s canvases examine a visual vocabulary of technical origin culled from the world around us. The punctuation marks, digital 3D models, and clip art that saturate public and private spaces serve as ‘found’ images that undergo a series of methodical transformations by way of the compositional process.

Her interrogation into our shared pictorial language alters even the most well-defined referents. Envelope icons and hashtags are part of a compulsory visual lexicon but realized through Neukamp’s lens, their forgone definitions and locations are subverted.

The result sends any innate efficacy or associative properties adrift and moves the act of comprehension toward the surreal. While motives between works are linked by a certain symbolic and psychological potential, anchored in the imagery of communication, the main associations remain abstract as each painting maintains its own logic.

By superimposing disparate images and transforming them through repetition, mirroring, and rotation, the original context and significations are contorted, pushed ad absurdum. Additionally, a system of juxtaposing and interweaving oil, acrylic, and tempera paint, achieves a rich visual contrast, promoting perceptual shifts between poles of abstraction and figuration, material content and spatial imagination.

This practice results in a total loss of hierarchy among the abstract and ornamental elements depicted and lends a sense of fragments drifting in and out of consciousness.

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