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January/February 2016 Centerfold

Artscope 60, January/February 2016 Panda Smash by Pecan | Artscope Magazine
art: Panda Smash
artist: Pecan
medium: oil on canvas, 27" x 36"

Pecan: My work is a mix of painting from my imagination, from life, and from references, coming together to create several series that exist somewhere between fantasy and reality.

I deeply admire realism and representational art especially with science fiction and comic sensibilities. And I’m always being drawn to illustrative art and intense color.

Most of the time the subject is presented in an iconic manner against a plain background. I am drawn to create open-ended images because it requires the viewer to bring their own meaning to the work. And I think it’s fun to let people add their own explanations and interpretations.

Most of the time the subject is presented in an iconic manner against a plain background. I am drawn to create open-ended images because it requires the viewer to bring their own meaning to the work. And I think it’s fun to let people add their own explanations and interpretations.

But as I progress I really enjoy experimenting with each series and I try to make each new piece more challenging for myself as I go along – mostly so I don’t get bored, really, and so that I learn new things and move on from ideas that I feel I’ve explored enough.

The robot and comic destruction ideas are more of a discipline really. A couple of years ago I was putting together a group of paintings and made a decision early on that every one would have an sci-fi and/or comic element to it. I find it helps with creativity to set some boundaries so that I get to explore different ideas rather than flop around with heaps of different ones. More often they are better this way too. I think there is something about sci-fi and comic destruction that’s appealing to everyone. I mean, I really wish I could fly in outer space and see my toys tromping through the city.

To see more of Pecan’s work, visit: pecangeography.com

  • Jurors:
  • Joe St. Pierre, Cambridge School of Weston
  • Todd Bartel, gallery director
  • Katherine French, Catamount Arts gallery director