The Only Part with Flames
William Dean Reynolds (BFA 1981)
A series of small collages have become the basis for new large-scale works on canvas. The compositions are independent of scaleÑsmall collages become large paintingsÑand color, shape, and subject matter are combined to create an abstract pictorial space. The backgrounds can range from placid impressions to charged nervous settings for altered objects placed in front. The juxtaposed images relate to one another within the abstract composition. Color is a key element: the relationship between the colors used is comparable to the juxtaposition of dissimilar images. I make links between the dissimilar through the use of formal elements. The feeling of these paintings tends toward the moody and eerie, the unexpected and anomalous.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.