Kenneth Ober About
My current work is about exploring perception and projection through abstract visual means by using simple marks that reflect the history of time and space. These meditative paintings are complex fields created through the excessive repetition of simple, small lines in many colors. The multiple layers of marks interact to create a variety of visual experiences. These paintings are made primarily with a tool designed for pin-striping automobiles, which is used to make very fine and precise lines on subtly textured canvas. The lines of different colors work in conjunction with each other to create a visual color that is a hybrid of it__??s components. Essentially the colors mix in the viewer__??s eyes, an experience known as the optical mixing of colors. I have been using this technique primarily to create abstract landscape, seascape, or starscape paintings because the millions of tiny marks actually create a feeling that is similar to observation of the real world. A real landscape is actually moving constantly (flowing water, blowing grass). The marks on these paintings visibly fluctuate much like real landscapes.
Kenneth Houghton Ober was born in Cambridge, MA. on February 22, 1972. Kenneth's creative abilities began to surface in elementary school and had become his focus by high school. Through the guidance of an excellent teacher, he was encouraged to explore all forms of media, and was instilled with the means to provoke his imagination.
Kenneth studied Art, Art History, and Literature at the University of Maryland for two years. The art, religions, and cultures of Asia served as an introduction to Buddhist philosophy, which led him to Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
The desire to connect with a larger art world brought Kenneth to California, where he graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2001. Since then, he has lived and worked as an independent, professional artist in Los Angeles.
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