Diane Fine Sue Lezon Berry Matthews Rick Mikkelson
Don Osborn David Powell Peter Russom
Norman Taber Carol Vossler Rebecca Soderholm
Debra Koechel Kahler Eric Reinemann
Plattsburgh State Art Museum
Faculty Exhibition 2004
The Burke Gallery Hours: Noon to 4 pm, Daily
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A Nice Household
A Nice Household

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Norman Taber

In my fine art work there is a compulsion with looking into, at, and through surfaces. Each object takes on the characteristics of its owner or surroundings. The once treasured, fall victim to the elements through the slow passage of time, or outright neglect. The original intention of ephemera is altered, and what was originally mundane printed material can be transformed into subtly faded, richly stained, and greatly textured surfaces. In my latest work, I combine existing surfaces and alter them both digitally and through the use of traditional media. I search out and exploit compelling juxtaposition in shape, color, texture and image. I use these elements to explore man's effect on his environment, and the environment's effect on the psychological state of man.

"A nice household" acknowledges Joseph Cornell, and Surrealism. In this piece I explore a subject that intrigues me, a Scandinavian insane asylum for parrots. Birds, intelligent animals, suffer from boredom when caged and psychologically neglected, and go slowly insane. Once damaged the birds never recover.

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Click Thumbnail Image17. Visual Artist Series
Illustrator and Quark Xpress
26 x 34
Click Thumbnail Image18. Rufus and Chickens
acrylic on paper
20 x 29
Click Thumbnail Image19. Tobacco Habit
mixed media & digital photographic print
19 x 23
Click Thumbnail Image20. Similar
mixed media & digital inkjet print
14 x 17
Click Thumbnail Image21. Coffee House
Illustrator, inkjet print
19 x 23
Click Thumbnail Image22. Empty Bowls
Illustrator, inkjet print
19 x 23
Click Thumbnail Image43. A Nice Household
mixed media & digital inkjet print
14 x 17
Click Thumbnail Image44. I Feel Very Happy
mixed media & digital inkjet print
19 x 23


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