Ian Stallings - Bio
Since 2001, my work has involved the concept of the connection. The work explores the way in which everything and everyone is connected. In the 1990s I began painting very moody and simple landscapes. I was obsessed with the beautiful minimalistic horizon line of the plains in the Midwest. I was having dreams of storm clouds and the Iowa plains, although I have never been to Iowa. In my work the horizon line became a thing of beauty. One can never see the same horizon line as another person regardless of how close two individuals might be. One’s perspective is completely his or her own; just as two individuals can never see the exact same horizon line. The line is so simple, and so complex.
While working within the fields of design and architecture my love and interest of the line deepened. The layers of architectural plans and their similarity to the layers of memory began to intrigue me. With architectural plans the layers of velum, or the layers of computer software windows, make a cohesive construct of an idea. With memory, time fades away certain pieces of a moment, and at other times those faded pieces radiate stronger in our minds - the way color fades in and out of perspective in these paintings.
The idea of the line, landscapes, the micro vs the macro, cities, architectural plans, and the way in which everything and everyone is connected are the themes of these paintings. There is a lot of energy and visual stimulation within each. Although if one takes the time to spend with each piece he or she will find there are wonderful moments of rest within them.
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