Thane Gorek’s life paintings are conceived in his mind and studio, where his thrift shop whimsy is given free reign. The Colorado based artist surrounds himself with salvaged toys and tchotchkes, to allow the strange poetry of chance to work its magic on his paintings. Such random beginnings, though, belie the formal rigor of his work. This is one more fundamental tension at the heart of his aesthetic. The result is a stream of work that, despite some of its overtly morbid elements, is actually quite lighthearted.
“Throwing the objects together introduces an element of randomness and subverts the conventional idea of the sober, ordered still life painting,” Thane says. “Also, forcing a pile of similar, well defined objects into a tight space makes them overlap, which creates an image that’s abstract.”