About This Exhibit
a visual literary art exhibit
|Abstract Rodeo is a mash-up of two unrelated art forms - visual art and short fiction. The combination creates an altogether new art form intended to foster a unique visceral response. Contrary to the expected, however, the visual art does not illustrate the fiction.
Why the mash-up?
By far the vast majortiy of reality is unfamiliar to any of us, and makes little sense to even the greatest minds in science. And yet that doesn't stop a sizable chunk of the human race from claiming to understand the majority of everything. That's just what the human ego does: it assigns undue wisdom and importance to its host. In this way intellectual curiosity is snuffed resulting in a stunted mind prone to criticize and condemn - prone to finding the joke instead of the beauty in unfamiliar things - weakening the connection to the Divine presence residing within each of us.
By centering this exhibit within the unexpected (by way of an unfamiliar mash-up that seemingly makes little sense) I accomplish two of my goals: that my art reflects life itself; and that it shows the viewer their own reflection in order to usher in a new respect for unfamiliar beauty - i.e. that which they don't yet understand. I don't expect my mash-up to move mountains; it will more likely be like a collision of two people on a busy sidewalk: the collision will largely go unnoticed, but at least a couple of people will become more curious as to what is in front of them.
The right-angle designs in much of my work are non-literal representations of a residential floor plans, and are sometimes references to other architectural elements such as doors and windows, which in turn reference the word "house" in the last line of Psalm 23.
The number 23 is another recurring theme referencing the 23 chromosomes contributed by each parent to make a new human being, a double meaning that compares a house - or residence, I should say - with the human body, the temporary container we occupy in this physical phase of our eternal lives. Here I am advocating that science and God are inseparable, that intellectual curiosity is necessary for complete spiritual development.
As far as the fiction is concerned, my intention is to strip down the prose to the point of being almost non-prose, sans-any-kind-of-style. It feels more title-like that way. Also, writers, in my opinion, often tend to be like body builders who cut off their sleeves to show off their superior strength. All too often writers over-style and over-wit in order to convince us of their superior intellect - a bit like cutting off one's tuxedo sleeves for a wedding. Perhaps my stripping it all away is a little too severe, unless it eventually succeeds as a literary device. Minimalist prose is appropriate considering the illiterate protagonist - a homeless woman named Abstract Rodeo.
All future Abstract Rodeo episodes, each consisting of 23 visual art pieces, including short fiction stitched from title to title, will be exhibited on this site. (Episode 1, however, was a one-time anomaly - 3 times larger, consisting of 3 groups of 23 pieces.)
Go to page number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Selected Past Work
About The Artist
About This Exhibit
Please check back for future episodes.
Abstract Rodeo is experimental art
in progress and will be exhibited
here as it is completed.
Legal Services Provided By
Anderson & Anderson, LLP
2810 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Tx
© 2013 Keith Clementson
All Rights Reserved