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Forrest Aderholt is an artist living and working in Austin, TX. He graduated with a BFA from Southwestern University in 2016. He works in paint, drawing, and sometimes installation.
Since the decline of imperialism and rise of globalization, the world has been in an era of post-colonialism. With the Eurocentric vision of modernity called into question, the hierarchies in art of dominant western artistic cultures (Europe and the U.S., for example) has begun to weaken. This not only leads to a more complicated view of history but our understanding of contemporary time and place as well. With these ideas in mind, I begin to paint. I do not attempt to create abstract representations of current global societal complexities, but these ideas swirl around my mind while I paint. I create my paintings through layered dichotomies and contradictions to create dense compositions of opposing, dynamic forces. I often start with a layer of improvisational broad marks until I discover a composition I feel I can respond to with layered, controlled geometric shapes in a back- and-forth manner. In the end these opposing ideas not only compete and create tension but also form an alliance to create a cohesive whole that forms this body of work.