Carson Pellanda

Ethos of Surface

Ethos of Surface, is a series of large-scale paintings that reference the effects of time and space on urban surfaces in the interest of material phenomenology. Through the process of re-framing, re-sampling, and visually cropping, I explore post-vandalism, graffiti art and visual histories embedded in the ethos of surface. The multi-layered surfaces of my paintings reference the tension between the construction and deconstruction of forgotten places in the American landscape that are left behind and transformed by time and by the damage of being exposed and weather-beaten. My inspiration lies in the notion of creating a simulacrum with a similar dichotomy of aesthetics as a surface with a worn history. Through a simulation of process, I aim to present my paintings as an abstract composition in a combined whole, along with a look deeper into the parts that make the whole.

Carson Pellanda (b. 1986) is a native of Northern California and is currently pursuing his MFA degree at The University of Hawaii. While painting on canvas is his primary focus, he is also an active photographer which he finds to influence his process of framing the composition. He is inspired by the dichotomy found on the surfaces that are overlooked such as derelict buildings, alleyways, rooftops, trains carts, and abandoned places, and sees his abstract approach as a re-framing process inspired by these surfaces.

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