This week, GLAMFA was still holding down the fort at CSULB’s on campus galleries. Most everything was the same but this week I was drawn to something a bit more colorful, the work of Evan Trine of Claremont Graduate University. On the surface it reminds me of what happens to an image after you repeatedly run it through the iPhone’s “Auto-Enhance” filter until the colors distort (I’ll post an example below). That being said, I’m pretty sure Trine’s process is a bit more sophisticated because he mentions that he makes certain adjustments himself based on the color patterns and lines of the image rather than running it through the same process and leaving the result at the mercy of the program and the original image.
He mentions in his artist statement that he wants part of the viewers experience to be influenced by tension and confusion. I would definitely agree that that’s an important part of the thought process for his work because it makes you focus on the abstraction itself and think beyond what the image resembles. For instance, in the work above (The Vegetable Man in the Vegetable Van, 2014, archival pigment print, 40”x60”), I can see that the original image was a structure of sort like a building or a parking garage. After looking at the image for a good amount of time, I interpreted the color spread as representing something more of an aura. I see this structure being consumed by dark energy while the sky cracks to reveal a pillar of light thundering down onto something below. I also see the sky as some sort of grid, entrapping the world’s energy, but not entirely because it seems like the grid itself is deteriorating little by little.
While I’m guess the artist wasn’t intending for that specific interpretation, he wants the viewer to spend time looking at his work to make it an experience. He is always challenging himself to spark a new reaction in the viewer using various combinations and arrangements of color that may or may not be naturally pleasing to the eye. Looking further into his other work not included in the gallery (Animal Noises, pictured below), I understand what he means by this. This piece is my favorite of his because so many abstract representations jump out at you immediately, but it takes time to really decide which representation to fully develop in your mind. Just by the title, one would assume the abrasive and grainy arcs of color represent sound waves expanding, but upon further observation I thought more abstract. Maybe it could represent the phenomena where you can’t necessarily see something yet you can feel its presence, and the presence invokes confusion, fear, or curiosity balled into one. Once again, just my own interpretation.
Check out his GLAMFA feature page here: http://greaterlamfa.com/Glamfa2014/Trine_2014.html