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Excavation: Paintings by Philip Govedare

  • Posted by SHFT on April 9, 2014 in Art
  • If you've been a SHFT reader for any length of time, you know by now that we have a minor obsession with aerial photography, samples of which have been featured on this site many times. The aerial perspective offers a whole new way of seeing the earth, one that illuminates features of both natural and manmade environments in a way that's not possible from the ground. That's why we always choose window seats on planes. 

    Philip Govedare understands the magnetism of the aerial perspective, and uses it magnificently in these oil paintings of western landscapes. Govedare's Excavation series offers viewers a distant vantage point of human-altered American landscapes, urging contemplation of our relationship to the environment. In their treatment of scale, light, and space, the paintings fit within the long tradition of American landscape painting, while also addressing the complexities of our relationship to the land today. 

    "My current landscape paintings are derived from sites that are both visually compelling and charged with implications of use, development and ownership," writes Govedare, an art professor at the University of Washington. "The conditions of the landscape including light, color, texture and atmosphere give meaning to place. The transformation of land and sky through industry and enterprise may be deliberate, or simply the unintended consequence of the human impact on a fragile environment."

    View more of Govedare's work on his website.

    (h/t But Does It Float)


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