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My Global Village--Paintings by Larry Van Deusen

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Uploaded on Oct 11, 2009

My Global Village
Paintings by Larry Van Deusen

This expanding series of paintings are collectively titled My Global Village. While each painting is a complete entity, each painting is also linked visibly to its neighbor forming a larger whole. These visual links take different forms (color, words, people, inverted objects, a white line, letters, graphics, one world globes, etc.) and flow from one painting to the next. The upside down and sideways images in the paintings are a reflection of my desire to show that in world floating in space, there is no proper up or down , and you can approach these paintings from any side and still see images in there proper position.

The paintings for My Global Village came out of a desire to make sense of a growing collection of visual artifacts ( labels, media images, toys, diagrams, packaging, atalogs,
street debris, tickets, post cards, etc.) that I have gathered locally over the years. I then proceeded to turn them into collage still lifes, which were then enlarged into acrylic on canvas paintings. The scale for the paintings, 22x22, is based on the average size of the American television set in the 1990s when I started this series of paintings.

With the increasing linking up of the world through new communication technology, we are immersed in an ever-growing technology driven, multi-cultural environment outside of our own front doors, or in our living rooms via the television. This rapid fire mass information fractures and challenges our sense of a constant traditional cultural reality.

I am trying to show that its possible to link together the many pieces into an expanding, inclusive, vibrant tolerant vision of global culture based on mutual respect for all our differences, and that its that universal difference, ironically, that makes all of us so much alike.

We live in a world of seemingly unending variety, a global community of autonomous faces; those faces are our neighbors sharing common interests. That is why I am trying to stress in these paintings that your experiences in the world is essentially the same as mine, and that when you look at these paintings you will look to the diversity and find the familiar.

The second part of the Global village series is called One World Vision; with paintings that gather spiritual and work related artifacts. These artifacts reflect my communitys differing beliefs and ways in which people contribute their skills to the fabric of daily life. As jumbled together as these images may be, they still point to a single vision of people everywhere to maintain their identity through autonomous local systems.

~~About the Artist~~
Larry Van Deusen has a degree in Sculpture from the University of California, Hayward. He has shown extensively in art galleries both commercial and non profit, art centers, university galleries, and museums in the United States , Europe and Japan with twenty -two solo shows and over a hundred and seventy group shows. Mr. Van Deusen work has been in many art festivals, open studios, artist panels, and has done print and TV interviews and discussions. His work can be found in many private and public collections. Larry has shown in the last year at the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, won awards in Los Angeles and the California State Fair, solo show at the Forthrite Gallery in Oakland and has done numerous commissioned Portraits.

To contact the artist:

Larry Van Deusen
25376 Morse Ct.
Hayward, CA 94542
510-427-2170 lvandeusen@aclibrary.org

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