Robert MIREK

These paintings stem from a series of shaped canvases that were based on typographic imagery with projected painted surfaces (1994-1997). Focusing on the painted surface as its own dimensional form, in late 1997 I began these recent work. I am attempting to blur the distinction between painting and sculpture with emphasis on the dimensional qualities of paint as a 3-dimensional medium. The paintings are essentially extrusions in the sense that they are created using an contour mask in which I extrude the paint. In many ways they are as much akin to casting and monoprints as traditional sculpture and painting. The imagery I incorporate into the work results from multiple sources. I try to maintain a semblance of recognition in the shape images while at the same time suggest other identifiable sources. My hope is to stay ³on the edge² of recognition and still create images that ³conjure² recognition.