Gallery Hijinks is proud to present Sanguine Machine: Antediluvian Artifacts from Futures Past, a solo exhibition by Beau Stanton. This collection of paintings is heavily influenced by the relationship between destruction and creation, the end of a cycle, and the beauty that can be found in the degradation. Please join us for the opening reception on September 3rd, 2011 from 6-10pm.
In Sanguine Machine Beau Stanton explores the dynamic between graphic iconography and classicism, juxtaposing apocalyptic imagery with the aesthetic excess of Victorianism. The collection provides visual touchstones for the viewer through iconic symbolism while also allowing room for complex concepts to be interpreted.
The work combines classical oil painting with intricate silkscreen patterns inspired by pre-modern architecture, ornamentation, letterpress printing designs, and decayed infrastructure. In search for historical reference, Stanton begins his artistic process by exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area. He collects photos and artifacts from these places to create a foundation for a compelling image. The initial drawing and designs are combined into single silk screens that are used to formulate the composition. After the ornate environments are completed, he then goes on to render the entire piece in oil paint. Combining letterpress designs with masterful oil painting techniques, Stanton manipulates focus, light and perspective.
Sanguine Machine: Antediluvian Artifacts from Futures Past opens September 3rd and runs through September 24th, 2011 and is open to the public.