SO 90’S .
Abstract art doesn’t represent reality through defined shapes , but attempts to touch the imagination .
This is an abstract paint created by abstract painter Jeff Elrod ,famous for using digital process as much as analog processes in the creation of his work.
For this paint Erlod designed some lines in circles inspired by artist and poet Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine from 1961 .
A BRIEF WINDOW :
WHAT’S BRION GYSIN’S DREAMACHINE FROM 1961 ?
A stroboscopic flicker device,used to produces visual stimulations. To use a Dreamachine , you have to keep your eyes closed , your optic nerve responds to the pulsating light , until you will feel surrounded by colors because a swirl of light made by different forms and symbols is projected all around you . This might look like an intense experience ,but you simply need to open your eyes to escape from it .
I can’t even imagine how cool and remarkable this was in the 60s , but let’s move on .
When I first saw this paint called ” Dream Machine ” I didn’t know this was Erlod’s work , I found it really stimulating and evocative , I actually thought :
” This reminds me the 90s ” .
During my research I found out that Jeff Elrod painting abstractions begins from the inspirational images of 90s video games , but during the making of ” Dream Machine ” ,he evokes the hallucinatory effects produced by Gysin’s machine .This paint called ” End Game” ,from 1994 it’s an example of his ” video games ” inspiration .
Jeff Elrod’s tool are mostly editing programs like Photoshop and Illustrator,embracing these new utensils his personal technique developed and changed during the years .
His paintings belong to many public and private collections , like the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ( New York ) ,he also received the Louis Comfort Tiffany award and the Claire Hart De Goyer Award that is given by the Dallas Museum of Art.