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New Art: Pipe Dreams

Posted Sep 14 2010 12:22pm

 Pipe Dreams
 30" x 40"
Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media

My vision for this piece originated from some chunky, colorful pipes I came across last year in Salt Lake City.  While they obviously served an important purpose, they also provided interesting urban art for those strolling by.  I thought about those pipes for at least a year before deciding that I'd like to portray how sucking the color away would transform them into the dull and ordinary.  This concept became the spark behind this piece.

As with all my art, black and white represents close-mindedness.  The piece demonstrates how close-mindedness can transform our fantastical visions into mere pipe dreams.  Sometimes that damaging perspective comes from our own doubts about what's possible, our capabilities, and our opportunities.  At other times, it comes from society, our relationships, etc.

I'm not sure if I love this piece yet.  I have a feeling it's one that will grow on me.  I hope I've successfully demonstrated the idea of what it feels like when I put limitations upon myself, or when others seek to limit my dreams, ideas, and visions of what's possible.

I'm terrified that my visions will become run of the mill pipe dreams that ultimately amount to nothing.  That the colors and light inside me will slowly transform into the dull lifeless rocky pipes I see everywhere.

I don't want that to happen to any of us.

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