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Logsdon, Marco

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Logsdon Gallery
1909 S. Halsted St.
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Website: Logsdon 1909 Gallery

In the Past I have been in various publications as listed below:

New American Paintings. Winter 1997.

Art News. May 1998.

Kentucky Homes and Gardens. Featured Artist. May 2004.

House Beautiful. May 2005.

Studio Visit Magazine. April 2008.

I have also been the recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Kentucky. I have been in various juried exhibitions and work with a number of Consultant Groups around the country. I currently live, show and work full-time as an Artist in Chicago, Illinois and Lexington, Kentucky.

The Idea
Why Paint? Painting provides a mental relief and allows me to come to terms with my daily existence. I am very unromantic about the notion of being an artist and making art. I produce objects or things that document the fact that I was around one day doing something constructive. To put it another way, my paintings are time sheets of my daily existence.

The processes involved in my work are additions and subtractions. I work with a layering procedure that is often laborious as it involves taping off squares or stripes to give a desired effect. I experiment with paint and the way that it reacts with the tar that I use. The tar is petroleum based and tends to eat its way back through any amount of oil paint I place upon it. I stabilize the tar with acrylic-based mediums so that the oils will adhere and dry. This seems to have endless possibilities and often brings welcomed surprises to the finished piece. I have a self-imposed ethic in each painting as I feel each piece must undergo a certain degree of layering for me to feel it has been truly formed. Each work is fully covered with tar when I feel the layering is complete and then the substraction process begins as I remove the tar and reveal what chemical processes have occurred underneath. The finishing touches are added at this point or the whole thing is painted over again to my satisfaction. The last steps involve sealing the surface with beeswax and polyurethane or a pour on varnish.

Evolution of Work
My work is a direct descendent from other artists that have or currently do work in the last few centuries. I find myself drawn to nonrepresentational or abstract artists more than others because I feel that the beauty of the visual arts is when a work goes beyond the allowances of articulation and moves the viewer on a level that cannot be explained or have to be. The object itself is reason enough for its existence. This is the direction I see for my work as I try to create things that take up their own personal space and justify nothing but themselves.
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