Abstract painter/cutout master, Jim Gaylord, utilizes a versatile tool for his inspiration. Movies. His interest lies not in the narrative of the films, but the stills and their dynamic, colorful movement. As a former stop-motion animator, Gaylord has changed his medium from clay to paper and paint, using the camera as a slide show to provide visually striking images to render. He pieces together usually indecipherable scenes by creating completely abstract forms, not alluding to their original representational selves whatsoever.
The painted cut and torn paper portray the manic, interactive spaces with vivid colors, reminiscent of the early 2oth century Italian Futuristic movement. These Italian artists, as well as Russian and British, were interested in attempting to capture the dynamic movement of the technological advancement of the time. The new inventions such as automobiles and industrial machines became the symbols of modernity and these artists glorified their qualities. Gaylord's images pursue our ever evolving film industry, not for representation, but to fully convey its unending movement. His transmuted movie stills produce a fully formed fragmented abstract scene, impossible to know its original origin, and nonetheless complex.
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