Push Back

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Part of a new series of works that takes inspiration from the world of modern architecture. Using a mix of materials, textures, and finish to create a dynamic dialog that jumps off the surface. Surfaces in smooth pigmented plaster intersect in stark contrast with course pumice stone textures.

Artwork is produced with the highest quality professional archival paint and materials on birch panels that have been fitted with French cleats for easy installation. The sides are finished in black so framing is optional.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

July 13, 2022

Eric Fassett’s Push Back alludes to many modern and contemporary art movements while maintaining pronounced originality. As Fassett notes, the work evokes architecture. In my opinion, the most prominent architectural resonances lie somewhere in-between Bauhaus and Art Deco (with an emphasis on Art Deco). The harmonious commingling of hard-edged and rounded forms lives and breathes Art Deco (think the jutting edges of the Chrysler Building giving way to its curved peak). The austerity of its palette and expression is reminiscent of the utilitarian beauty of Bauhaus design. However, I hesitate to dive too far into these comparisons as they could quickly become small treaties if indulged to the degree they deserve. Instead, I will contain my ramblings to the relationship between architecture and painting.

It is hard to imagine a more dissimilar pairing of artistic mediums than architecture and paint on canvas. Their differences are so apparent that it would be foolish to enlarge on them. However, their similarities are more pronounced than they appear, particularly from the 20th century onwards. Architecture is the embodiment of modernism’s audacity. Art deco not only subverted all architectural precedents but catapulted their scale to hitherto unimaginable proportions. The monumental scale of New York City’s skyscrapers is the most extreme example of modern and contemporary art’s revolt against tradition. I do not prescribe supremacy to one medium over the other, but painting and architecture are perhaps the most widely disseminated and seen examples of the 20th century's radical aesthetic upheavals. 

Furthermore, their connection transcends the symbolic into the material. All architecture begins with painting (or its work on paper sibling). Like storyboarding a film, architects start their creative process by loosely transcribing their three-dimensional intentions into two-dimensional drawings. In short, modern and contemporary painting and architecture share a mutual history of subversion and expression encapsulated in Push Back’s enigmatic surface.

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Eric Fassett
Mixed Media - Unframed
Acrylic, Stone or Marble, Wood Panel
36.00 inches wide
48.00 inches tall
2.00 inches deep
25.00 lbs
San Diego, CA, US