EXIT 101 WORKS SINCE 2000 – Mitchel Confer

Mitchel ConferEXIT 101 WORKS SINCE 2000 Mitchel Confer
8 x 10 PB98 Pgs • $30.00 • ISBN 1-60052-004-9

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In viewing Confer’s work, one is sometimes reminded of a Duchamp or a Johns. Not because of any noticeable stylistic similarities but in Confer’s parallel ability to take a commonplace item and make it noticeable, urging the viewer to really study it. His primary focus is on shapes, patterns, forms, and textures. At first glance, many of his works appear to be strictly abstract—visually engrossing studies of interpenetrating shapes and spaces. Yet on looking closer, one realizes he is actually looking at what would normally be considered mundane objects: an interlocking series of freeway overpasses, fields of wild grass bordered by sky and clouds. Unremarkable everyday sights, yet somehow…exposed.

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