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Informed by a late Modern interpretation of abstraction, my current practice involves working with abstract interpretations of landscape as well as abstraction in other forms.  At the moment, I am working through a series of abstractions called Remnants.  This series is a response to museum trips in Europe and at home, where artifacts of cultural veneration are preserved representing our fractured connection with the past.  The gaps and missing pieces of such objects are what I find most evocative in terms of their narrative.  In each case, I have tried to balance the pre-planned with the immediacy of the painting process itself, so that the images created are able to utilize abstraction’s ability to convey universal themes as well as variations in interpretation.

Michael J. B. Black

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