Recent Work: Tech Triptych

Tech Mechanical Triptych

These are three oil paintings making up a triptych. According to Wikipedia, “The triptych form arises from early Christian art, and was a popular standard format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Its geographical range was from the eastern Byzantine churches to the English Celtic churches in the west. Renaissance painters and sculptors, such as Hans Memling and Hieronymus Bosch…” used them, to adorn alter pieces.
In this particular case, they are used to convey the technology that we depend on to maintain our world and specifically a hard drive and CPU. Don’t expect anything literal or readily translatable. I have looked at both hard drives and CPUs and have no idea of how they work or what they really should look like from a functional viewpoint. Their physicality give me know clue and so neither do these paintings. These paintings are in oil and painted on heavy watercolor paper that has been prepared with three layers of tinted acrylic gesso. The center panel is 16 inches high by 20 inches wide. The smaller paintings (sometimes called “pendants”) are 16 by 11.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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