A couple of days ago I found myself in my kitchen finishing two of my latest paintings and realized that, among all the tools that I had brought upstairs from my basement studio, there wasn't a single paint brush. I had two bottles containing a resin and an hardener, I had a torch, a spatula, a hot iron and some plastic beads. No oils, no brushes, no turpentine.. So i posted the photo to the left on my Facebook feed and wrote: "Painting" today involves melting plastic, mixing resins, spatulas, a hot iron and a gas torch... Not your grandma's dining room landscape painting..." and then thought about it for the next few days - obsessively. Not only are my paintings fundamentally different from grandma's dining room landscape oil paintings, "painting" is fundamentally different today. So much so that the words "painting" and "painter" are almost becoming obsolete since they are not keeping up with time. Surely, there are millions of artists out there who still paint landscapes, people and things as if they were Monet's contemporaries and make beautiful and technically flawless pieces in the process. However, that's not what many artists are choosing to do today. There's a freedom of experimentation in today's art world that is quite unprecedented and that's a great and beautiful thing. Lines are blurred between painting and installation art, between methods and final results. Painting, photography, graphic design, printing, sculpting and more can be blended together to create infinitely more possibilities than painting alone could ever hope to still produce. This is a good thing for artists. It is liberating and exciting to be able to move freely from medium to medium and have to challenge oneself with always learning new techniques. So, after thousands of years of painting on cave walls, stones, ceilings and canvasses with diluted colors we can still hope and expect new and surprising results from "painters" - and that's an exciting thing!
"Not your grandma's dining room landscape painting"