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Kafe Smictiric on “Icepanding outwices 5” by aim

Aim is consistently in a state of transition between painting + sculptural quality.In 
"Icepanding outwices 5",he achieves form and anti form, abstraction + objective figuration. The converging ice-blocks oscillate between indefinability and complete clarity. The extraordinary appearance of the performance artist, the Iceman, conveys in equal measure solidity and
 presence. Apparently the Iceman's stage presence was truly out of this world and aim succeeds in realising this other-worldly sense. Mingled with these qualities is a vaporous transient
 fragility. The painting clearly alludes to art history. Any one-sided interpretation of aim’s work falls short of doing it justice. Its significance is ultimately bound up with the wide
 range of themes that aim delves into majestically. “Icepanding outwices 5” bears witness to a vulnerable slickness of execution. As transitory as they are provisional, viewer’s feedback has mentioned both the loop of growth and decay. But above all viewers say they have been affected by a surge of intoxicating optimism. This surely is a refreshing experience in a world so
 often jaundiced by events.
[Kafe Smictiric [art critic]
http://Kafe Smictiric [art critic] shares his thoughts on "Icepanding outwices 5" by aim

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With regard to the issue of content, the sublime beauty of the spatial relationships between
 the clearly flying Iceman equipment contextualize the inherent over-specificity of the Blocks.The extra layers of neo-expressionist liquid light, the pastose supplanted evenly create a 
fascinating mixture of styles,a sense of freedom and spontaneity suppressed by the Iceman's
 obligation to "melt". On a conceptual level, aim deconstructs literally.Past and present
 manifest themselves even as the Iceman's melting system disintegrates.The double Block-ends,
achieved by light, rapid brushwork cause a symmetry that conveys the pattern of the original
performance piece.[Kafe Smictiric-art critic]

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It should be added that the subaqueous qualities of the Egyptian motifs brings within the realm of discourse the accessibility of the work. The warm colours counteract the icy material, causing a fearful sense of friction, which nevertheless is balanced by the friendly vulnerability of the Iceman’s cheeky figure. Is he a befuddled child or a Zen Master? The juicy red block on it’s perilous support system seems to feed on the flame and the lanterns above. The viewer wonders what that snake-like apparition around the Iceman’s waist really is? Perhaps it’s just an extra pair of legs or reserve support for the Block platform? Aim’s “Icepanding outwices 2” is truly a remarkable painting.[Kafe Smictiric-art critic]

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http://Kafe Smictiric [art critic] consicers the merices of Icepanding outwices 1 paimted by aim ,anthony irvine man

As an advocate of the aim's frozen Aesthetic, I feel that the mechanical mark-making of the Iceman's gesture visually and conceptually activates the distinctive formal juxtapositions of Block and Blowtorch, Iceman and welding helmet. In spite of the strong objects, there is a sense of a mystical vestibule that suggests a path into weightlessness. The nods to art history, the poetical collapse of space, the invigorating sense of trapped movement, the swell and throb of the melting action, the Iceman's equipment compellingly attached to the physical body, the strictly confined and defined analytical concepts, all combine to create a classic trompe l'oeil, containing opaque references to perceptive and pre-emptive topology. There is a self-determination in the image which merges excavated incarnations of previous ages with contradictory present-day textures The direct and yet intuitive use of subtly graded oils with clearly marked forms makes aim {anthony irvine man)stand out as a visceral, contemporary painter.[Kafe Smictiric]

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The cake-like iceblock, stretching out of the canvas on both sides is enhanced by the V-shaped guttering(?),a way in to another world.It should be added that the subaqueous qualities of the melting system spatially undermines the exploration of montage elements. Here, the double image turns the V into a W. Quite remarkable.[Kafe Smictiric-art critic]

 

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