::: Paintings by ::
Alex Achaval & Brooke Westlund
::"8 o'clock moment"::
By Jack Fool
:: Music by ::
6:30 Live Music by Olivia De La Cruz
My work can be described in many different categories but I would simply define it as contemporary portraiture. An added uncharacteristic element or found object can also be seen throughout my work such as the “paintbrush girl” series where I take classic wooden brushes and apply them onto the canvas or wood panel before I begin. This series of 3d painting was adapted after seeing an old truck that someone had painted to blend in with the wall behind it in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I like to incorporate these objects into my work to represent the obstacles we have to overcome in life. You have to either paint over it like it was never there or embrace it. Not to mention it challenges me, it works well and it’s fun! You can see me at goodwill or Value Village with my hands full of the weirdest combination of objects.
I try to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. I believe that is what art is all about. Your own associations. "I simply love to paint and create something that will live forever, and that something is usually pretty bizarre."
Exploring her love of life and all that it encompasses: texture, simplicity, complexity, movement, color, spontaneity, awareness. Brooke’s mixed media abstract paintings show her world through each moment she spends on the studio creating.
Brooke Westlund uses many different techniques and materials to create her abstract paintings. Different typed of paints, transparent photographs, dry pigment powders, stamps, encyclopedia cut outs, ribbon, etc. She blends them with big brushstrokes, splatters, drips, bold colors. The result of her time spent in the studio, the paintings, are her way of sharing her love of life with the world.
The outcome of Brooke’s time spent in her studio in Pike Place Market with her many eclectic materials, her music, and ideas are the mixed media abstract paintings that share her love of life and practice of being in the moment.
On the paintings..... "they are composed of many different moments of their own layered upon one another, there is a certain point where the painting seems finished but really it is just time to move onto a different stage in its life, in fact each painting continues to change each moment as more and more people experience it, it is ever evolving. It changes depending on where it is hung at the time and who walks by. Even if you see the painting in a bar for a second as you walk by you had a moment with it and so you and the painting each contributed to each others lives even in a tiny way. This process of being in the moment is how we should view our lives, not being attached to any one moment but just moving along. Not worrying about the future or the past."