The Simple Figure
The artist created this painting by applying and removing thin layers of paint onto wood over a number of months. With each new revision, Giannakakis shapes the work further toward abstraction to address ideas of illusion.
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Los Angeles-based Andy Giannakakis creates abstract paintings that address the act of making itself. The artist revises each of his works by applying and removing paint using a distinct layering technique, thereby developing pictorial depth. By starting and stopping over a number of months, the final image acquires detail that reflects the artist’s different mental states during the process of making the work.