Gallery Exhibit: “Recent Prints by Joshua Bindewald”
Reception will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Statement from Artist:
My practice is not governed by absolutes; in substance and process I am flexible. For the most part, I utilize an inclusive color pallet along with myriad techniques and materials to create works, mostly on paper, that address something concrete. At other times, my primary motivation is simply to create an object of beauty. A pretty picture can create a moment of escape and for that reason it remains a valid pursuit.
My more content-laden work responds to the fallibility and promise of humankind. Together with memories and their associated feelings, allusions and editorializations are made to the splendor of the natural world, contemporary land use, and modern society.
The direct, physical, aggressive methods I use to create what are typically delicate works coincide with our treatment of the planet and its inhabitants. The action and fullness of the compositions is reflective of my mindset. Although the work is at times thematically heavy, my approach is playful and intuitive. This embedded contradiction reinforces the often-conflicting ideas that inform my practice.
Whether the meaning is easily extracted, remains elusive, or is misinterpreted is less important than the sensory impact of the work. As human beings in the twenty-first century, we are confronted with many ugly distractions; my ultimate goal as an artist is to create beautiful ones.