Date(s) - 08/29/2019 - 11/17/2019
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will host CRAIG ODLE: Experiments and Evolution August 29 – November 17, 2019 in AMSET’s Café Arts Series for Local Artists. On Sunday, September 15, 2-4 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public artist’s reception.
Born in Houston in 1987, Odle grew up in Beaumont, where he now resides. A pop-surrealist/lowbrow painter, Odle finds inspiration in day-to-day life. The concepts he uses in his paintings come to him from conversations, music, movies, dreams and at times just odd thoughts. The titles for his pieces generally speak to whatever idea that was used in the conception of the piece. Sometimes, his artwork has a deep or dark meaning while other times the piece may insinuate a riddle or a pun. Most of his work is done on canvas using acrylic paint.
Odle believes that his life experiences have shaped the way he views and creates art.
“If we look at life and the world all around us, we can see evolution firsthand,” he said. “I believe that my experience and progression with my passion to create is no different. I had an experience around four years ago that changed my outlook on art and what it would take to move forward with my craft, and since then I have, one day at a time, moved further away from my comfort zone.”
A mixture of experimentation and evolution, as evidenced by the series’ title, has influenced Odle’s work.
“Over time I have begun to believe that my art is a living thing – when it is pushed and nourished it evolves like every other living being in the universe,” he said. “These pieces showcase many of the experiments that took place to help my painting practice grow into what it is currently. Only time, and the evolution that takes place during that time, will tell as to what the future holds for me and the canvases that cross my path.”
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