Art-Hunger presents new works by local artists: T. M. Rhyno, John Worley and Karlo Henry

September 6 - 27, 2014

Artwork by T.M. Rhyno, Karlo Henry and John Worley

Negating the boundaries between fine art and illustration, my work takes on an illustrative approach while employing concepts and ideas and techniques often brought to life through more traditional fine art painting.

 

Using acrylic paint in washes to mimic the effects of traditional watercolors allows me the versatility and flexibility of both media. A lot of planning must go into the work before committing to the action and colors must be built up in multiple layer applications to achieve the desired visual effect. A single painting can take months to complete.

 

Encompassed in my work is the concept universal of duality. I combine objects and symbolism to create ironic antagonisms, soft form with hard lines and geometry, beautiful figures with garish hues and explore taboo subjects painted with refined detail. It is within the friction and discord of the opposing forces that the energy is created. For without one the other is inert and rendered useless.

 

A guitar at rest is in perfect equilibrium albeit silent, lifeless-joyless. You must pluck it and create a little chaos if you want to hear the music. My artwork simply plucks the strings. –T.M. Rhyno

 

 

For me, painting, like any other type of art, is a form of communication.

 

The mere act of creation in an insightful state makes an artist really look at his or her own ideas and feelings. I started painting because it was more accessible and private way for me to let out many of the ideas that polluted my head and the feelings deep in my heart.

 

Many of my paintings were conceived in moments when I couldn't express emotional pain or frustration, some as snapshots of thoughts/dreams and others just for the satisfaction of creating something unique. As a spectator, I can submerge myself in works of others, finding that some of them made me look at myself in a different way. Even though I paint for me with the goal to let out some of what is inside, the thought that my work could reach out and touch someone else leaves me with a powerful feeling of accomplishment.

 

Some of my latest works are more insightful of what my head thinks at the moment.  Taking on abstract is, for me, like opening myself up without the need of explaining what I am trying to express.

 

Like many painters have said, I paint because that is me and without painting my soul would die. Finding time to create, sit down and paint is difficult if it is not what you do for a living.  Still, in the few moments I have to actually put all of my ideas on canvas, I enjoy and see that painting is actually my way of living... hoping that someday it will be the only thing I do with my life. -Karlo Henry

 

My home is Fort Worth, Texas, where I was born and raised by my florist mother and software engineer father. As early as Kindergarten I can remember drawing the characters and settings of the Saturday morning cartoons that I watched. My father was an avid adopter of video game consoles and personal computers, of which I spent countless hours playing. I still remember the world before the internet and cell phones; I remember the sounds of a 28800 baud modem, and the feeling of exploring the internet. The distinction beween outside and the internet was still very concrete, but I started to become aware that existed in the physical world with my friends and could interact with those same friends or new ones in a virtual world.

 

Because I was raised with an understanding of the change in our culture as a result of the internet, I consider my art to be in a transitional area between traditional and digital, or analog and digital if you prefer. I rely heavily on digital processes like scanning, digitial photography and Photoshop to compose imagery, but the finished product, if you will, is a hand painted image on paper. The reason why I choose to do digital-analog art is because I believe it is the most logical realm to explore within art. The digital world or the sea of information, as I like to refer to it, is the frontier in which our society is currently exploring. I'm interested in the ways society is changing because of the new additions our hyper fast internet connections, high definition televisions, and cameras in every device are causing. I want to make work that's relevant to the new technologies that are influencing everyone's daily life. Just like when camera obscura was used or when the first the camera was invented I want to utilize the tools of today to make art relevant to the world of today. I'm interested in the dissemination of information across the globe, and the retention/attrition of that information.  Information gets corrupted and lost, copied and altered all these changes to the original make it something completely new. That which started out as a physical object made of atoms and molecules, becomes a digitized copy made up of ones and zeros. It takes on a new life on the hard drive and when introduced to the internet it lives forever, but is at the mercy of contributors to the sea of information. - John Worley

 

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