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Matthew Stemler

Mixed Media

The invitation extended by a piece of artwork usually begins with appeal created by its surface. Surface, however, is only the skin on the piece. It stands on the shoulders of a history whose origins, unless borrowed, probably began with a single mark. The subsurface is a series of actions and reactions that connect to the surface. This connection holds a balance and tension that, like a string to a kite, takes the surface to lofty heights. Therefore, scratching the surface in an artwork is a contextual revelation.