Details:

Playing on forms reminiscent of petroglyphs (ancient, figure-filled rock carvings), this complex and dynamic composition is both surreal and primordial. In the language of scientific phenotypes, the artist catalogs facial expressions, tectonic shapes and totemic symbols.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Dopamine

Playing on forms reminiscent of petroglyphs (ancient, figure-filled rock carvings), this complex and dynamic composition is both surreal and primordial. This work explores the dichotomy between ancient and modern by implying classification systems for the visual motifs. In the language of scientific phenotypes, the artist catalogs facial expressions, tectonic shapes and totemic symbols—leaving viewers with endless variations on a theme, as perpetual and mutable as the universe itself.

This work is made through wax-resist dyeing, or batik—a technique the artist first learned as a 17-year-old. Like ceramics, batik is a decorative craft that evolved independently in civilizations around the globe. The artist layed down wax directly onto the canvas with a Tjanting, a pen-shaped tool used in batik to draw designs. This allowed Duncan to paint in a way that resembles drawing, before filling in fields of color in an intensive, layered process that defies the technical impulses of oil or acrylic.

Inspired by the evolution of human consciousness and the construction of reality through culture, Duncan's work negotiates the disconnection between physical and metaphysical consciousness. The artist's paintings depict a unique story of creation that draws from imagery found in ancient texts such as the Enuma Elis, the Popol Vuh, the Dogon, Lakota myths and the Bible. By weaving elements of ancient creation myths with texts on physics, metaphysics, astronomy, artificial intelligence and contemporary philosophy, Zhivago creates fantastical worlds—and his own distinctive mythology.

Specs:

23.63 inches
19.75 inches

③ Artist:

Zhivago Duncan

Inspired by the evolution of human consciousness and the construction of reality through culture, Zhivago Duncan’s work negotiates the disconnection between physical and metaphysical consciousness. The artist’s practice encompasses a wide range of media, including elaborate large-scale paintings, drawings, raku ceramic sculptures, kinetic dioramas and immersive installations. Duncan’s work creates fantastical worlds and his own distinctive creation myth that draws from imagery found in ancient texts as well as contemporary philosophical and scientific sources.

Zhivago Duncan:
Dopamine, 2022
Beeswax and dye on canvas
19.8 × 23.6 inches /