Friday, October 16, 2009

Momentum Artist: Jesse Whittle

Jesse Whittle, Tulsa
Acrylic on Panel

Q: What was your concept behind your work?
JW: My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay. The surface speaks of the passage of time, and the conundrums posed within them address the deeper meanings of existence. I use these methods to establish a dialogue between the viewer and the work. Shifting levels of focus are established by creating a dynamic field for the deployment of perception. Just as our personal history is shaped by our memories, so is my art. The memories are evoked by the textures I create and they reside within the materials as well. I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past. As life reflects us back to ourselves as a means to discovery, I hope that my work mirrors the spirit of the viewer at the same time, that it addresses my own philosophical concerns.

Q: Explain the technique and/or process you used for the piece.
JW: My technique involves making an under painting and adding and subtracting layers of paint so that some layers are exposed and some are obscured. This technique creates an interesting composition.

Momentum Tulsa 2009 includes visual art by artists aged 30 and younger. The exhibition is free and open at Living Arts, 307 E Brady, Tulsa, until October 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday 1-5 pm, until 9 pm on Thursday and Friday.

Curators Scott Perkins & Frank Wick selected 93 artworks by 66 artists from all over the state for the exhibition. Also, three Spotlight artists created bodies of work on display, Nick Bayer, Dustin Boise, and Emily Kern. Intern Ashley Romano interviewed the artists to learn about their creative process. Watch for more profiles throughout the run of the exhibition.

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