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Still Life, Flower, 2000
oil on canvas
4’ x 4’

Jason Torrance
Plattsburgh, NY
Plattsburgh State

I believe in contradictions. Not obvious contradictions to contradict myself. I believe in the subtlety of obvious things and the irony inherent in hyperbole. My work is rather minimal and reaches empathy if anything, although viewers of my work often comment on the dark and violent aspects of it. I also think my work is conceptual. At the same time, it is decorative. I consider my work blunt, silly, sentimental, obvious, and stupid. To me, art today is about the struggle and paranoia associated with irony. We want to be ironic, but part of us is romantic. We want to articulate to reconcile this. If I am wrong, please feel free to contradict me. As an artist, I feel like I’m in the middle of a tightrope cut at both ends, holding onto an umbrella for dear life.

My work is direct. It incorporates two important concepts: theatricality and absurdism. I believe that these two are so interwoven in my work that it is difficult to extract one from the other. A great deal of my work has been dealing with other works of literature and art. In this present work, attention is paid to Dante, Beckett, Artaud, Bacon, Basquiat, Reznor, Shakespeare, Pollock, deKooning, Witkin, Rauschenberg, Johns, among others. To me, this doesn’t weaken my work as I fully intend my work to also function as criticism. My work is also physical to the point of brutality.


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