Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Withdrawal, by Matthew Brackett

40"h x 66"w
oil on canvas
© 2005


Michael said...

To be honest I am not much of an art guy at all. I like it art, but its not just very high on my interest scale I guess. Maybe it is becuase I never have fully understood it.

Regarding the piece, I find that most outdoor scenery art looks like something you find hanging in a motel room. This piece however is different! This picture actually makes me wish I were there. I love the fall season and rainstorms. This piece shows both in detail. The gathering dark clouds above and the yellow leafs barley clinging to the tree, just a gust of wind a way from falling to the ground. I wish I were there, sitting in the grass with a sweater on and a book or fishing pole in hand.

I am not sure what the water jugs are all about. It kind of reminds me of my beer making days and having to gather well water from Audrey’s parent's ranch before brewing.

Thanks for inviting me to be apart of this.

tim said...

I think the title is important: "The Withdrawal." I believe it is an image of an overwhelming experience - withdrawing the water from the sea, one jug at a time... If you look at the rest of his work (check the link on the blog) you find that many of his pieces border on either the fantastical, or even absurd. He uses realism to give us an entry point that is familiar, but then paints a narrative that is unfamiliar, even futile. What I like about Brackett's work is his playful and imaginitive ability to tell a story with a single image.

Thanks for the comment - hope your well.

fishpatrol said...

I dig this, though I wouldn't hang it. The guy is inessential. Just having the jugs would generally be enough to read the action. But since he is there, what's with the look over the shoulder? Who looks back at the bank when they've taken out cash? Can't quite make a connection to chemical withdrawal. Not sure if the title is neutral or if this is a scathing environmental statement. Per se. He could sell it to Newsweek I'm sure (every artists highest aspiration I know).
I'm not sure demographic info is as helpful here as with poems. If the post described some of his other work or ideas that'd be cool. The site link is great but I'll more often just hit the blog, I think. What do I get to blog About?