Selected details of the pattern of rubber grip-pads on the palms of discarded work gloves – iconic symbols of manual labor. Using traditional paints and gilding techniques on wood panel, the work parallels the visual language of religious icons and the aesthetic of Modernism.
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The work is a surface painting but the 23K gold reflects all ambient light and creates a three dimensional landscape. Like the abandoned glove on the ground, these pieces do not have a right side up and can be hung from any side.
New York artist – Steve Butcher. Artwork. Icons