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Artist Statement

With the surrealist influences of Salvitor Dali, H. R. Giger, Ralph Steadman and Clive Barker to mural/ graffiti artists like Keith Harring, Basquiat, and Aron Noble. Then add low-brow 80’s thrash metal cover-art imagery, underground film (Tetsuo: Iron Man) and animation (Liquid Television Shorts) and high detail graphic illustrators like Geof Darrow, and Robert Crumb. All of this swimming in an alternate universe, that’s the influential vision I strive to create. Destroying all boundaries, racisms, classisms and blending all genres, mixing all Medias until the message/solution is apparent, that we are all responsible for each others outcomes. That is the philosophical output I have planned for the world.

It seems like an intense thing to imagine but now, more than ever people need art with heart, soul and sincerity. We’ve collectively been stuck in a decade of nihilistic, mediocre nonsense. We shun and disconnect individuality, abandoning all passion and gratification, replacing it with social acceptance. The artistic output of the past century has come in the form of angels and demons, but labeling, putting it into words is quite meaningless in the long run. That’s why we need to paint the pictures that speak a thousand words to convey the realities and illusions of our lives.

Out of respect towards the audience of my art I choose to let the viewer figure out the message/ metaphor, as art is subjective. However I feel artists have a responsibility, an obligation to comment on the social unrest in everyday American life. My goal is to capture, isolate and dissect the ills of the American conscious. Show the viewer the true face of a society who’s deep dark secret is the need to be comfortably barbaric.

© Frank Rouch 2014