Postcards & Billboards
When I work I start
with simple landscapes, then I incorporate poems I have written
or phrases into the painting. In my most recent work I use bold
letter-forms over scenes of recognizable landmarks. I play on
advertising with the look of postcards from the ‘30s and ‘40s.
There is a Pop Art feel to these pieces. We are surrounded by
a melee of commercial images today, and to have my work be influenced
by this mass media seems natural. My work is reminiscent of
a simpler era when postcards and billboards, as they depicted exciting vacation
destinations, more innocently drew people to these locations.
I remember working in Detroit, and often driving past some of the
scenes that are part of this exhibition while studying fine art at
the University of Michigan. I also use the irony of a retro
postcard to question if we could ever return to a world where there
is less advertising, less distractions from the natural world and
development that threatens the environment.
My images might be viewed on many
levels; one may view the work without discerning the text or feeling
the need to understand it, some may feel that the writing broadens
their understanding of the work, and others may take a phrase and consider
it apart from the painting. These coexisting views demonstrate
my aim to unveil layers of our reality. Although we may not fully
understand our world, we can acknowledge and celebrate the wonder of
how things are so much more than they appear to us, with deeper meaning
that is often not completely known.
© 2007 Curtis Frillmann