Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Martin Wittfooth@Nuts & Bolts Conference 2012

Martin Wittfooth:

Martin wants you to be uncomfortable

He wants you 
to not be content with the status quo
He wants you to think
To feel
To observe
To care

About the earth
And about your fellow man
His work is full of yellow lights that scream out
His work looks 17th or 18th century Flemish yet modern
Many of his pieces are seemingly post-apoclayptic
Where humans have lost their foothold as the
Dominant specie.

He’s a reader
He thinks before he paints

Buses and refrigerators were an early recurring motif
In his work
He loved to paint them because these objects interested him
And represent the futility of humanity’s obsession
With self-preservation.

He labors over his paintings
Not to make himself famous
But to call attention to what we should all be observing:
The world around us
And the part we play in its survival
What can be more noble than that?
We can simply observe his fine work
Or take the lesson he is presenting and make a difference.

It is really up to us
But it doesn’t mean that Martin will stop saying what he’s saying in paint
And if we pay attention
It might just mean we can save ourselves.

Martin Wittfooth
July 14
Nuts & Bolts Conference
Society of Illustrators, New York
Sponsored by 3x3 Magazine
Early Discount Ends June 12


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