Anti-Flat

[Image: By Gerry Judah].

Artist Gerry Judah's paintings are massively and aggressively three-dimensional, piling up, away, and out from the canvas to form linked cities, ruins, and debris-encrusted bridges, like reefs.

[Images: By Gerry Judah].

They are perhaps what a tectonic collaboration between Lebbeus Woods and Jackson Pollock might produce: blasted and collapsing landscapes so covered in white it's as if nuclear winter has set in.

[Image: By Gerry Judah].

As the short film included below makes clear, Judah embeds entire architectural models in each piece, affixing small constellations of buildings to the canvas before beginning a kind of archaeological onslaught: layering paint on top of paint, raining strata down for days to seal the landscape in place and make it ready for wall-mounting.



And then the paintings go up, sprawling and counter-gravitational, like ruins tattooed on the walls.

[Image: By Gerry Judah].

For more work—including pieces executed in red and black—see Judah's website (including his bio, which suggests larger architectural and theatrical influences).

(Thanks to Jim Rossignol for the tip!)

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OpenID thegoodgreatsby said...

These would be a lot of fun to see in a gallery and approach from multiple angles and distances.

March 29, 2011 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Fun.

March 29, 2011 9:57 PM  
Anonymous mbendert said...

Ornamentation through geometric articulation. Simply put, this type of art is fantastic in the way it literally jumps off the canvas containing multiple vantage points to appreciate the art. I am interested in what the artist thinks about per different lighting situations also.

I agree, I would love to appreciate some of these pieces in a gallery.

April 01, 2011 12:59 AM  
Blogger Lilia said...

very cool... and fun.

August 22, 2011 11:30 PM  

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