ARTisSpectrum | Volume 29 |
Biddy Hodgkinson
’s paintings, the concept of decay takes on
a second life, becoming not a simple sign of decline, but rather
an invigorating, inspiring source of renewal and beauty. Hodgkinson
is fascinated by the “luminosity that exists in decay,” finding
“unexpected and often startlingly beautiful patterns” in the process
of decomposition. She combines acrylic paints with both industrial
and natural materials in her works, punctuating her palette of subtle
rust and earth tones with unexpected hints of reds and greens. The
resulting works, while muted in tone, have a unique sense of depth
and texture, a tactile quality that makes the viewer want to reach out
and touch their surfaces.
Hodgkinson does not simply allude to decay in her works, however.
She allows the process of decay to become an integral part of her
technique. Using harmful agents such as acids to eat away swathes of
color from her paintings, the artist creates works that are compelling
embodiments of the process of change, at times appearing to be
on the route to negating themselves. “My interest is the endless
metamorphic process,” she notes, and her skill at making that process
come alive gives her paintings a strong, seductive appeal.
2nd Lifeline Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas 59” x 47”
Biddy Hodgkinson
Warren R Mack
arren R Mack
’s intricate ink paintings are
multidimensional in both subject and form.
In large, airy compositions, Mack stretches ink to
the height of its transparency and the deepest of
colors. Though he uses a variety of techniques, from
splatter to wet blending to the fine deployment of a
painter’s brush, no mark is made without the utmost
precision. Formally, Mack’s work vibrates with energy
and unexpected choices.
In subject matter, each painting is even more
complex. Mack’s style is abstract but not non-
representational. When depicting a car driving at
dusk, the tangible and the intangible are equally
represented. The vehicle is present as a collection of
colors and weight, the ghost of its metal body and
wheels visible. But just as important is the dusk —
painted as patches of dark blue and black lines, as
opposed to a simple sky — and the movement of
the car — depicted as shining lines of pure white roaring across the canvas. The image is comprehensive, offering a true
experience of the scene.
Mack was born in Toronto, where he continues to live and work. In addition to the fine arts he is an accomplished architect,
and co-founder of an independent architecture firm.
Excavation Ink on Paper 12” x 16”
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