Late one night, in the days when he was a "drunken depressed art student," Jeremy Mann came back to his studio and started picking up every random object he could find, trying to paint with each. This went on into the morning, when he took in the resulting mess. "What I had created was a large piece of garbage," the Ohio-raised and Oakland-based artist tell us. "But one mark sang so beautifully amongst the crisscross of crap." That mark was created with a broken ink roller, which lay on the ground amid a pile of cardboard, sticks, markers, bottles, latex, and charcoal; all discarded as useless tools. "I immediately bought all the types and sizes I could, and set my mind to figuring out how to harness that mark in every way I could, effectively making that mark mine."
He's refined that technique of using rollers, even adding printing squeegees into the mix, and from it he's harnessed an elegant and clean style that belies much of the carnage that went into creating it. The angular shapes, glowing colors, and transparent layers look very mathematical and almost digital. Even his level of output adds to the feeling that they were created with software rather than oil paints.
Monday, May 16, 2016
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