Stephen Kent‘s cast painting series explores the way in which we formulate our conscious reflection through decorative gestures. The loose, impulsive brush strokes embrace the human instinctive desire for creative action. This simple, yet inherent property of human output is petrified through the process of mold making and reproduction.
The exhibiting of the repeated motifs, coupled with differing color arrangements highlights how contemporary methods of decorative decision making within commodity culture has replaced the original mode of creative gesture; the color of our sneakers, the paint on our living room walls, or the style of our smartphone case. The secondary titles of the works have been appropriated from interior paint color names, furthering the notion that as consumers, we form our identities through the perceived ideas of things, rather than the things in themselves.
The cast painting series both celebrates and questions the disparity between the societal gestures of mark making and consuming, while convoluting the processes in which we experience image.