Eid Ma Clack Shaw OR the minimalism of letters

page 2     S.Tudyk “Eid Ma Clack Shaw”

S.Tudyk, “Put Me in Your Blue Skies”

Put Me in Your Blue Skies
acrylic on canvas     60″ x 48″ x 1.5″     2015
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S.Tudyk, “Sunken Waltz”

Sunken Waltz
acrylic on canvas     48” x 36” x 1.5”    2015
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S.Tudyk, “All These Fine Memories”

All These Fine Memories… 
acrylic on canvas     48” x 36” x 1.5”     2015
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…all three of these paintings are so refreshing and clean. Did fear of keeping the white “clean” hold you back in the creative process?
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I have no fears with acrylic on canvas. Working on paper, that is another story.
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Looking at your billboard paintings, you seem to have a messier or looser style of painting in those works. How is the Eid Ma Clack Shaw series similar to the billboards for you? How are they a distinct departure? Will you still make billboards after this?
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In my opinion, this work has little in common with the billboards beyond being symbols of communication. I was focused on capturing the essence of paper in these works (smooth, soft, light), and let myself get caught up in a perfectionism to convey a rhythm with the handwriting. I have several ideas for a continuation and an evolution of the billboards, so yes, I will keep painting them. I think these two bodies of work keep me balanced.
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How did you manage working with an end result that asked for so much definition?
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Tudyk’s palette in her Marfa workspace

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I held my breath a lot. I’m glad you see whiteness when you look at these. I was specifically inspired by whiteness while I was in Marfa. There is a gallery there that houses an amazing collection of minimal art. There are certain rooms that you enter and see what you think is an empty frame on a wall, or a frame holding a blank piece of paper. But as you get closer to it, you notice very subtle mark-making, or a slight off-white on white print on paper. It blew my mind to have my perception changed upon closer inspection.
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How did the whiteness challenge you as you made this work?
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Part of me wishes there had been more unplanned, abstract, dirty, messy elements in the work. But the nature of the subject kept me working in a controlled manner, for the most part. Maybe if I had used my stream of consciousness for the content, it would have come out differently.
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