“Reclamation”, paintings by Michael Hall.
nice blog; thank you!
The talent is obviously there, but where is the meaning, the thought, the intelligence? maybe I’m missing something, but if you are just doing this, you might as well just take a photograph
try to visit the artist’s site once in awhile it usually provides some insight:
Reclamation is a painterly exploration of the coastal defense structures located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Based in the history of landscape painting, but injected with remains of the complicated military history in the region, the paintings imagine the bunker’s further dissolution into the landscape and highlight their isolated and largely forgotten past.
While in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, I became fascinated with the bunkers dotting the landscape of the Marin Headlands. The coastal defense bunkers remain in a dilapidated form today – resting military monoliths in the now public lands. Facing the persistent Pacific Ocean, the bunkers are slowly being reclaimed by nature and giving way to erosion. My interest in them is their former function as observation outposts: always on guard, looking out for a threat that never came. As objects of protection and defense they also carry the weight of militaristic control. For me, along with those dialogues, they are a metaphor for the artist – an active but stationary observer.
I love the paintings and I like the concept. But questions like the one Wybjorn posed always make me wonder. Does the artist have to justify his work like this? Isn’t it enough to simple present it, does he have to explain it to people who might not get it? It seems to me nowadays many times people forget about the art itself and get entangled with the surrounding dialogue, it’s puzzling, really. And artists themselves play along, maybe yearning for legitimacy.
yes! I absolutely love harsh man made structures that look lost and out of place in nature. These are such beautiful paintings!
I love bunkers and I love this. Just a fantastic display of skill and art (:
*Good one Jeff
This reminds me of the bunkers near San Fran.
reminds me of the hatch from LOST
AMAZING. so realistic. i cannot imagine the time it took per painting. so talented.
I love these paintings. they are intriguing and that is enough. . .