Thursday, August 1, 2019

Featured Painting – Desolate Souls of Main Street

In recent decades, the economic inequality in the world, propelled by the ever-greedy corporations and individuals, and aided or even championed by purchased colluding governments of various dominances and ideologies, has widened drastically, and the divide between the haves and have-nots has become such an insurmountable gulf that the people behind are increasingly unable to sustain themselves, let alone catching up with those sitting on top of the socioeconomic pyramid. My The Desolate Souls of Main Street attempt to give a tiny protesting voice to the voiceless and faceless downtrodden, whose dire situation, in contrast to the mind-boggling glitzy world of the gilded, is as heart-wrecking as it is damning.

Desolate Souls of Main Street - 大街上的荒涼之魂 - Trostlose Seelen der Hauptstraße  
 Desolate Souls of Main Street
22” x 28”
Oil on Canvas


Completed in 2019 Originally published on matthewfelixsun.com


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Featured Painting - Weave

My small gouache painting Weave served as a little window to a bigger universe, literally and figuratively, opening to a vast expanse of sky and ocean, which emerged from alternating tall windows and hedges in the foreground. The painting is quite still, as it was dominated by the forlorn and hushed landscape; yet it was also dynamic, with the sky streaked with dark clouds, and blue ocean interrupted by light and dark waves, and the hedges grew wild and almost hallucinative, twisting their relationship to the windows and the outside world into optical confusion. One small relief was the disc of the sun floating atop, providing a counterpoint to the dissonance below, even though its presence, obscured somewhat by wisps of clouds, was rather bleached.

Weave / 編織 / Webart
Wave
11” x 14”
Gouache on Paper
Completed in 2019


Originally published on matthewfelixsun.com


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Featured Painting - Dream Forest

Dream Forest continued my exploration of monochromatic paintings consisting of interlocking patterns and shades, some simple, some more intricate. This small gouache painting depicted an imaginary forest at night time, when moon light shimmered over truncated trunks and branches, contrasting starkly with dark surrounding. Also, the image somehow resembled a microscopic view of organism, a tiny sliver of macrocosm.

Dream Forest / 夢幻森林 / Traumwald  
Dream Forest
7” x 11”
Gouache on Paper
Completed in 2018


Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com


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Monday, December 31, 2018

Featured Painting - Interlocked

A landscape as an enigma is the impression of my monochromatic oil painting, Interlocked, which depicts a semi-abstract, difficult to decipher landscape, under the threat of heavy and broadly zigzagged clouds in the upper region, while underneath, an orderly and calm swatch of staggered and slightly angled roofs, indicates order, and furthermore, social hierarchy and constraints. The dripping liquids permeating the landscape lends the notion of connectedness and the interlocking nature of the environment, natural or man-made.

Interlocked / 交錯聯鎖 / Verschränkt
Interlocked
Oil on Canvas
30” x 24”
Completed in 2018

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Featured Painting – Brook

My little idyllic painting, Brook, depicted a thin stream snaking through a quiet grove, seen through imposing placed black trunks in the foreground, and enclosed by delicate silhouettes in the background, behind shimmering bright light like a liquid curtain. The sedate creek, painted impasto, with paints dragged downward rough bottom edges, as if a living creature planting its roots or sinking its teeth into the meadow; meanwhile, its varying somber colors, and the impossible spatial relationship between the tree trunks and the seemingly floating creek forks, simultaneously ups and downs, and in front of and behind those tree trunks, created a sense of disorientation, uneasiness, and otherworldliness.

Brook / 溪流 / Bach
Brook
Oil on Canvas
20” x 24”
Completed in 2018


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Glimspse of Salesforce Transbay Center in San Francisco

DSCN2848 _ Transbay Transit Center

Several weeks ago, the multiple-billion dollars Salesforce Transbay Center in San Francisco opened with great fanfare. On August 25, I took a transbay bus and caught a glimpse of the wonderful building, and the rooftop garden, before two cracks on steel beams forced a hopefully temporary closure two days ago.

The most dominating part of the complex was the slick and phallic Salesforce Tower, which was actually not part of the terminal, but did provide an interesting contrast to the delicate, veiled exterior of the horizontal Transbay Center.

DSCN2845 _ Transbay Transit Center

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DSCN2841 _ Transbay Transit Center

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Our bus came to the center via an exclusive bus bridge, at an extremely low speed.

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IMG_9206 _ Transbay Transit Center

Once entered the building, we had another view of the lattice façade from inside. Intriguing.

DSCN2832 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2829 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2836 _ Transbay Transit Center

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DSCN2909 _ Transbay Transit Center

IMG_9198 _ Transbay Transit Center

There was a certain "public art" inside the terminal building, such as the LCD display, and the tower itself.

IMG 9203   Transbay Transit Center, San Francisco, August 25, 2018

IMG_9195 _ Transbay Transit Center

The best part of the complex was the rooftop public space - gardens, walkway, theater, etc.

DSCN2843 _ Transbay Transit Center

DSCN2842 _ Transbay Transit Center

What a shame that two cracks of the supporting steel beams at SF Transbay Transit Center forced its closure. Hopefully, it would be deemed safe soon. But, could we ever trust it? Just as the troubled San Francisco Bay Bridge.


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