“I.T. Guy” is a mixed media painting by Knoxville based artist Eleanor Aldrich.  Emphasizing pattern and texture, the painting depicts a man lounging comfortably in a blue lawn chair and is made of oil pastel, oil, silicone, acrylic, and canvas on
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Eleanor Aldrich
I.T. Guy - Eleanor Aldrich - Contemporary - Painting - Figure - Texture

2019

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“I.T. Guy” is a mixed media painting by Knoxville based artist Eleanor Aldrich. Emphasizing pattern and texture, the painting depicts a man lounging comfortably in a blue lawn chair and is made of oil pastel, oil, silicone, acrylic, and canvas on panel. Paint is scraped repeatedly across the canvas mimicking the surface of the lawn chair. The lattice reveals a patterned grid of the man's back, unable to be contained by the webbing and extruding off the surface of the canvas. Representing the actual texture of her subjects is common for Aldrich, whose candid use of industrial materials, like silicone, challenges the illusionistic nature of painting. In “I.T. Guy”, Aldrich’s portrayal of flesh through mounds of silicone is as honest as gravity’s effect on the human body. Melinda Baker for Burnaway wrote of Aldrich’s work: “Silicone makes passable flesh, for instance, and caulking makes decent vinyl lawn chairs.  But the crudeness of her renderings is both deliberate and accidental, which allows her to draw attention to the act of making, its subjectivity, and its power.  In this way, her images resonate more powerfully than her subject matter, which exists more or less to as a vehicle for material metaphor.” "I.T. Guy" is one of ten paintings in Eleanor Aldrich's solo show at Channel to Channel in Nashville, TN. The show, titled "Main Squeeze" received critical acclaim in ArtForum, Burnaway, and the Nashville Scene.

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  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 24 in. x D 1 in.H 50.8 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Nashville, TN
  • Reference Number
    LU98514138742
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