Piers Secunda has a unique approach for pushing creative boundaries by removing the canvas. He developed a process to sculpt with paint and has been using this special technique for over 15 years. By incorporating geopolitical textures into his work, it allows Secunda to capture current events of global significance and use his paintings as a medium to expand public dialogue beyond what we are accustomed to in standard formats of media coverage. In 2010, Secunda traveled to Kabul to take molds of Taliban bullet holes. Molding bullet holes found at two sites destroyed by Taliban violence, he was able to create a series of paintings.
Secunda's Taliban Bullet Hole paintings are on display now through June 21st, 2014, as part of the War Stories exhibit curated by Anthony Haden Guest at the William Hollman Gallery. The video for a behind the scenes look at how these works were created can be seen here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=d6pKR_BRsAI
Following the geopolitical theme in his work, Secunda is simultaneously working on two other projects. Currently, one of them in development is a book with images of crude oil silkscreens accompanied by texts from historian and oil industry veteran Nicholas Rankin. The images and texts will come together to visually document the history of the oil age. "As the ultimate facilitator human activity and our greatest source of energy, I believe that crude oil must be a strong contender as the ultimate artist's material. For me, crude oil is the texture of our lifetime," explains Secunda. "Using oils sourced from specific oil fields and countries, I am telling the story of the petro-chemical age."
Secunda is also embarking on a series of "Diamond Drawings". Each drawing is created by grinding diamonds into a sheet of handmade artists' paper. The sheets are left with impressions made by the rough edges of the diamonds with cuts, gauges, and scrapes, all of which occur while mining for the precious jewel. The sheets will be presented as double panels, Dypitchs, without any indication of what type of diamonds were used, in the same manner a consumer does not know whether or not their precious jewels are "blood diamonds".
For more information about Piers Secunda and his work, please visit www.pierssecunda.com.
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