Surface, Identity, and Time: The Self-Portraits of Vaughn GarlandJune 27, 2008 - September 07, 2008
United Company Contemporary Regional Art Gallery
Vaughn Garland is a self-portraitist. True, the appearances of his paintings cannot instantly be recognized as being characteristic of traditional self-portraiture, but this is because Garland introduces elements of autobiography during the painting process. The finished piece is not intended to represent anything objective other than a two-dimensional plane holding various layers and colors of paint. It is in how the paint is applied, layered and sometimes removed, that drives Garland’s point that these paintings are metaphors for a human life formed from the additions and reductions stimulated by gradual maturity.
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