September 8th – October 12th 2011.
Opening Reception: Thursday September 22nd 6-9pm
Organic abstraction and time forge together in this exhibition of paintings, delivering a vision of collective consciousness and post history in textural surfaces, architectural patinas and tens of thousands of vintage US postmarked stamps.
Exploring the form and idea of ‘Post’ matter, each piece encompasses the personal message and touch of thousands of messengers, creating an archive of post American history as a contemporary artifact. Postmarked dates, places and times reveal the power of the collective unconscious, making present the past amidst the shifting cultural sense of what it means to Post a message. Created as a kind of personal ritual or ceremony, the paintings are a form of testimony to the hopes and dreams of our grandfathers, and the messenger spirit of that prior generation.
Hidden from sight for decades, these post forms of spent currencies take on a new value – leagues beyond their face value, as post dated collective memories in the 20th century landscape of US communications. Granting insight into the collectors’ obsession of gathering mediums and messages, the works redeliver messages that got lost along the way. Nature and the fabric of time is explored visually, discovering a transformational landscape of thought in the art and propaganda of post art forms. Migrations, communities and structures of building and dissolution are inferred, past realities and mental architectures mapping our geologically changing environment.
Paul Seftel is a British American artist born in London 1974, Seftel studied at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, living and making art in London, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Colorado, and New York. Deeply influenced by explorations in travel, alchemy and consciousness, Paul’s work encompasses a cosmic, cultural and geological perspective that is both timeless and present. Seftel’s work is collected by masters and leaders in arts, science, spirituality and business, and is in private collections across the US and Europe.
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