Artist of the Day / Drew Kail / Portland, Oregon

These two series are from Drew’s ‘Print Collages’, and ‘Prints of Industry’.  He also does etchings, monoprints, woodblock and linocut prints.

“This body of work is fueled by the pursuit of expressionism within the printmaking medium.  Each piece is a unique dialogue between myself and the evolving image until we both reach an agreement.  Every action towards shape, color and pattern is a response to the previous action, as well as an anticipation of the next.  My work always involves observations from daily life, and I consider the process of making to be an empirical one.”

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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