week 9 – Michael Rollins – New Digs – Artist Interview

This week i got the privilege to view Michael’s art gallery. The first thing i noticed about his gallery was just how abstract his art was. It seems that he painted on canvas, some of his art pieces were around 3×3 feet, but he had other pieces that were just huge, around 5×5 feet. The great thing about paint is that you can add chemicals to it to make it smoother and give it either a shiny or matte finish. This contrast is specifically what i picked up on soon after viewing a couple paintings. The paint is laid thick and has no additives, giving a very apparent texture and roughness to his pieces.

Asking Michael about this, he describes the thick paint as physicality and experimentation. I mentioned that it seemed rough, raw, and messy. To Michael, it is contrasting and something that he likes to use to show change and different. He uses the contrast with buttery strokes like with a paint brush stroke and then have areas with gnarly textures.

When asked about how long it takes for him to do his work, he mentioned that he will work on a few paintings at the same time. This is really cool to me because we started talking about multi tasking. We both had a mutual understanding about how it can be easy to tunnel vision on certain things or tasks in life. Sometimes it is better to step away from something for a certain amount of time, whether it is 15 minutes or 15 hours. It happens where we can focus on something too much and then the energy just becomes almost negative and we lose sight of what we originally intended to do. It’s a surprising relief when you can sometimes just walk back to a task that you were having trouble with for whatever reason and then you just have the answer, solution, or breakthrough as soon as you come back to the task. Problem solving!

michael rollins pieceContinuing on breaks and having multiple tasks to work on, Michael talked about trusting instincts, going with the flow when it came to working on several pieces of art at once. Art is one of those things where there isn’t a direct answer. When he does his art, he found it much easier to trust his instincts as the painting develops over a few months. He doesn’t have a very clear idea at the start because in his experience, the idea that he begins with and tried to stick to conveying through the whole art, does not come out the way he ever intends it, so he embraced going with the flow.

Another important thing that he mentioned that stood out to me was the fact that ‘painting was still around’. Looking at this idea in the small notecard where i jotted down notes is helping to jog my memory a bit. Even in the modern world today, people are still finding time to appreciate art. I mentioned how Glenn does a great job of promoting the art exhibits. I didn’t even know we had exhibits until the semester began and it is truly a shame because i am about to graduate! Nonetheless, having grown up and matured a bit, looking at art has become more of a feeling and experience that i do enjoy alot. Michael says there is a very apparent reason that it still exists, it’s not always about money, it is something truly abstract that keeps art today in modern times.


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