new series of work, I employ salvaged sheet metal to create
work that evokes the memory of Chicago's farmland roots on formed
remnants of today's industrialized world. I build up surfaces
on formally constructed found metal “canvases” to reflect the
struggle of savage and urbane forces and to illustrate the influence
humankind has over the land.
The title of the exhibition
is “Iron Pastorals”, which simply means, paintings of rural
and natural scenes on discarded objects of industry and culture.
The title of the series of work was inspired by a book of poetry
by almost the same name, “The Iron Pastoral” published in 1947 by
Chicago poet John Frederick Nims. Like other writers of the
time, Nims observed how Chicago had grown out of the meeting of prairie
and lakeshore into a discordant field of buildings and commerce
believe that we have a responsibility to find a balance between
our development and the environment. We have sought progress
at the expense of the surrounding ecosystems. I am fascinated
by how nature also continues to progress, and constantly reclaims
what we have built. I use such degraded materials in my work
to explore our connection to the environment and the juxtaposition
of the modern world with nature.
© 2011 Curtis Frillmann