Meditallucination is 13 new significant paintings on canvas by Geoff McFetridge, presented at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen. McFetridge has developed a distinct visual alphabet and vocabulary, his paintings are minimal, but convey overwhelming possibilities. He puts a lot of faith in the viewer’s ability to finish what he started. The lack of charged or abundant information enables the viewer’s mind to compensate and stimulates a personal narrative.
A silhouette of a girl in a bathing suit, barely suggested by the juxtaposition of colors, caught on a cyan pane dissecting the canvas, is at once poetic, humorous, heartbreaking, mundane and magic. The work is titled “The Trap” and is a precise example of McFetridge’s visual language, a tightrope between figuration and abstraction. Remove one color or line, and the composition collapses.
”I have always been interested in creating work that lies between image and language. Imagery that your mind “reads” as language rather than seeing them as spatial or physical things. These graphic images are for me a way to induce a misfiring of our mind to create a connection, and resonance for the viewer. I want them to feel something, not happy, or sad, but to feel like the letter T”.
“The images are meditations, in that they come from inside but they are also listening to the world around me. The paintings attempt to deeply engage with reality to try to attain transcendence. Hallucinations in that they are a made of the raw material of our brain, beyond experience, they are found images that are nearly hard wired into our minds.” – Geoff McFetridge, LA, 2014.
Geoff McFetridge, born 1971 USA, is a Los Angeles based artist and multidisciplinary auteur. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries, McFetridge has created everything from poetry to animation, from graphics to ceramics, from movies to wallpaper. He has created title sequences for the movies Virgin Suicides, Adaptation and Where The Wild Things Are. He recently created artwork and interface design for the Oscar winning movie HER, directed and written by his long time friend and collaborator Spike Jonze. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe, America and Japan.