David Hollowell (1951 - )
I do not work from a narrative. The paintings are generated from an imagined space or architectural design. I then proceed by populating this space with a variety of characters that, for me, seem right for one another. The works reveal my process: I am working out my thoughts on several different types of picture frames; that is to say, the outermost edge of the image. Sometimes they remain rectilinear, but at other times they become a shaped piece. I often question the nature of the painting as a created object. What happens if one takes away the accepted rectangular format and puts the image in relationship to the wall in such a way that the wall interacts with the image differently than just being a place to hang the image? There can be an interaction of both real shadows and painted shadows. The viewer is confronted with a painting that exists on slightly different terms than if it did not interact with the real negative space. This kind of thing keeps me intrigued and always looking. I don’t believe I’m asking questions that have never before been asked, but the questions are important to me personally. If I can somehow put a little of myself into my work then the work will be original, since I have never existed before, at least not in my present state.