The Pathfinder Gallery of Subversive Art, etc. is an Art Trailer Enterprise featuring the work of Valerie Howard, Carolyn Macartney and Alan Vannoy. Howard does intricate collages, Macartney does oil paintings, and Vannoy makes collagraph/transfer prints. The connecting themes in their work are text and subversion. Largely subtle, the subversion can be political, sexual, societal, or something else entirely. All of their work incorporates text, often humorous and absurd, sometimes cutting, always smart. Time, effort, care and craftsmanship are readily apparent in the work of all three artists.
Carolyn Macartney makes oil paintings of tasty word morsels framed in the aesthetic of vintage package design. She uses sign painting techniques combined with traditional oil painting, working with high gloss enamel, oil paint and flat matte Japan color. The disparity of the text framed in the context of the innocently simple yet seductive package design is enhanced by the paint texture extremes of high gloss to flat matte. Carolyn draws all designs and lettering by hand, then transfers the drawings to the canvas to paint. She is interested in the variety and imperfections that come straight from the human hand that this creative process produces. The package design aesthetic makes the paintings familiar but the irreverent words and texture conflict with that familiarity creating a disruptive appeal.
Valerie Howard re-configures images from culture to create surreal landscapes. The juxtaposition of often opposing symbols can be enjoyed as an amusement as much as for it’s deeper insight into the meaning of our lives as consumers of culture and information. The work, created with a precision knife, is tactile and intimate as the physical materials they are derived from.
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