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“Latent Content”: pop surrealist painting series by Casey Weldon

Brief ReviewCreator: Casey Weldon. Nationality: American. Base: Seattle, Washington, United States. Main skill(s): digital art; fine art; painting; sculpture. Work title: Latent Content. Main thematic(s) and/or subject(s) in this/these work(s): nature; neon lights; aspects of life; criticism; pop culture; melancholy; humor; and darkness. Main style(s) and/or art reference(s) applied: , , , , , , , , , , , . Main medium(s): acrylic on wood. More info: Website Behance Instagram H/T: Thinkspace Booooooom

Known for surreal imagery that combines darkness with humor, Weldon creates visual puns and narratively suggestive contexts to stir associations or deliver smart, if at times irreverent, punch lines. His works have often sought to critique and consider the role of popular culture and digital media in the creation of hyperbole and representational extremes. Striving to create works that are accessible and readily legible rather than obscure, Weldon invokes familiar elements in surreal ways to play with our expectations of the everyday and commonplace. An aspect of absurdity shapes much of Weldon’s work, and a willingness to connect dreamlike extremes with creative recombinations of the known. Looking to popular culture, Weldon has played to the internet’s penultimate tendency towards distortion; his multi-eyed cats come to mind, inspired by its insatiable feline obsession and our weird cultural brevity in the age of memes. Weldon explores the wild in contrast with the domestic, and the safe punctuated by the wonderfully aberrant and strange. By combining light with dark, Weldon’s richly hued, though at times aphotic palette becomes luminous, revealing otherworldly sources of light that often emanate or erupt impossibly from figures and landscapes. In past works, fireworks have burst forth from human eyes, a great white shark bares mandibles of Lite-Brite bulb teeth, and humanoid figures emerge mythically from otherworldly landscapes. Preferring amplified and even psychedelically disorienting colors, Weldon incorporates neons to alter the atmospheric cast of his paintings and heighten their jarring impact.

Casey Weldon via Thinkspace
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Curated by Leandro Lima

CEO-founder of Flooxia. A Brazil-based amateur fine art photographer, among other things, who loves visual arts, nature, science, and innovative technologies.

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