THOMAS FLYNN II
Thomas Flynn II (b. 1994, Houston, TX, United States) received a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in the spring of 2016. Flynn is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in installation and sculpture who is engaged in dialogue with the barrier between the natural world and the imposed constructs of contemporary society. His work has been exhibited in Savannah and in Lacoste, France while studying abroad. During the 2016 SCAD deFine art Juried Student Showcase Flynn performed Metagenesis as the featured performance. His work is included in the SCAD permanent collection, featured on ArtSlant, and recently won Honorable Mention in the 2016 SCAD B.F.A. Senior Painting Exhibition. Flynn currently lives and works in Dallas, TX.
I am attentive to societal tendencies yet more importantly to the individual’s tension toward these inclinations. I am interested in redefining relationships to further understand the nature of the objects and connotations involved. The tools created by humans are indications of the edge between the natural limitations of the world and the cultural simulation of living. The edge between the imposed order and the natural world is the point where both are revealed and obscured, allowing the supposed reality to collide with the physicality of actually living. The wax sculptures are a collision of two histories, a convergence of two separate societal time lines. Once used to mass-produce functional and decorative objects, the commercial molds allowed wax to solidify as a form negating the functionality of the pieces. Wax is temporal. Its form changes rapidly and allows its surroundings to influence it profoundly. The objects encased within are industrial catalysts, objects that precipitate and often affect a particular event. These catalysts of force or desire are neutralized inside of the wax forms, allowing them to be embraced in the interior of the wax and therefore rendered purposeless. The merging of commerciality with force allows for a more lucid vision of the convergence of two seemingly different paths that humanity has a tendency to walk.
This bodies of work present a discussion on the dichotomy of needs and desires versus aggression and repulsion presented through diverse materials.
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