I'm currently working with this series of paintings... they are actually further along then they are in these pictures.... I will update the images in a couple of days... I'm just looking for honest reactions... In a gallery I would hang them high and would want them to surround the viewer... so that the workers are slightly higher then you
I have a fascination with the work ethic that is involved in construction,
having grown up is a blue-collar family work ethic has always been an important aspect of my life. I feel that if it is evident that a painting has endured a high degree of work then it gains a strength and resolve.
The act of painting a painting is an activity that parallels construction of buildings and roads. Organizing raw materials and applying them to create something that’s functional. This series of paintings function is to imbue the viewer with the role of developer; the people in the paintings function to facilitate the space and to be markers of progress and change. As role of the developer the ambiguities of the paintings generates a series of choices as to what the painting is about and to what the workers are building, all the while resting on the foundation of hard work and rendering.
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 1 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 96" X 72"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 2 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 66" X 50"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 3 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 36 " X 90"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 5 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 60" X 30"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 4 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 90" X 66"