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This past weekend I got the chance to visit the studio of artist Eric Lindveit during Bushwick Open Studios, where I saw an impressive display of his stunning work.

I am informed by observation of New York City street trees, often damaged and diseased, and pre 20th century hand colored medical and natural history books but I have no interest in making simulacrum of a subject one would be better served to see in the round outdoors. Rather, via scale change and invention, I am making greatly exaggerated composite portraits that combine my interests in surface, identity, entropy, and the skin of paint. They belong to the built environment.

Lindveit recreates fragments of surfaces from various sources, often skewing the proportions slightly, but creating an illusion so convincing that they almost seem hyperreal.

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Standing in front of some of his more imposing works, it was amazing how immersive it was just to look at the diversity of textures he creates and the narratives they suggest.

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Andrew Salomone

Artist, writer, and teacher who makes work about popular culture, technology, and traditional craft processes.

http://www.andrewsalomone.com


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