Friday, August 21, 2009

Raked Haze - Art


Raked Haze is an abstract piece that gives a whimsical perspective on the natural world. The “haze” alluded to in the title is depicted in the painting as a gray, blurry background with an almost fuzzy textural appearance. The gray haze appears transient and ethereal as the air, as though one might reach out and touch it to find it is not solid at all, but rather it is fleeting and transparent. Such a haze cannot be “raked” as such, for it is will disperse when touched.

Yet in this painting, the haze is in fact raked, shoved to either side by an unseen force that divides the haze like some residue on the surface of a solid object. The natural world in which the painting exists is quite surreal, and physical laws regarding states of matter and their respective characteristics are turned on their end. In this universe, air can be pushed aside, leaving nothing, a vacuum of blank white canvas in its place.

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