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Mark Stone

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My paintings capture the changes brought about by the electronic revolution. This transformation has completely altered the way we disseminate, create and process images and information. It has put us at odds with the Western canons of visual learning and understanding. Marshall McLuhan explained that the streaming influx of broadcasting forces us to use our eyes in the manner of our ears. We process media stimuli "all-at-once" in real-time locating or describing through touch or feeling rather than sequentially through measurement or contemplation. We grasp the meaning of images and words by scanning optically rather than looking visually.

We react to the surfaces or signs of images and information rather than examine meaning or physicality in depth. Information is ‘remembered’ rather than discovered, because we are all a part of a vast electronic interiority. We live at the speed of light through extensions of our nervous systems. And it is through this connectivity that electronic programming bypasses design, continuity and the play of figure and ground, light and shade, hue and value to tap directly into our collective unconscious memories and feelings. A fantastically showy example of this is the NASDAQ sign board in Times Square. On this huge architectural screen media reality changes time, scale, structure and movement pumping hyper activated images and color directly into the mass collective experience. It heralds the end of the slow Western Painted Tradition and the beginning of a new accelerated electronic canon of opticality and media violence.

As Guttenberg opened the western pictorial canons to the masses through his sequential printing press, NASDAQ broadcasts a new electronic painting reality straight into our wired meta-unconscious.I am exploring these radical changes through a new form of abstraction. I encompass these new values and apply them to a discredited and waning visual discourse; painting. Rather than ignore these challenges to visual culture I encompass them and use them to push my painting forward. I find it an interesting challenge to create paintings that integrate these antithetical aesthetic values, and by doing so, develop a new kind of beautiful and stimulating visual work. I am making a type of painting that can accommodate our new ways of seeing and understanding.

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