Artist Adam Caldwell leaned heavily on his passion for philosophy when storyboarding his latest body of work “Empty Room” for Shooting Gallery. The paintings address the concept of “Cartesian Dualism” and its impact on Western society. What the hell is that, you ask? Yeah me too. But a studio visit and conversation with the über intelligent artist helped me to understand the visual decisions in his work, as well as how philosophy has shaped him as a creator.
Basically, Descartes famously defended the idea of dualism, which examines the idea (particularly prevalent in Western culture) that the mind and the body are separate entities. In Caldwell’s paintings, you see colliding pieces of history, broken and abandoned buildings, isolated figures and destruction of the environment that depict a fragmented world. Have a listen to the podcast interview below, he has an interesting take on culture, identity and the fragility of society.
You can check out Adam’s new works “Empty Room” at Shooting Gallery, featuring ten large oil paintings, including two triptychs. The show is open to the public for viewing through December 8th, 2012.