A Pack Of Cigarettes

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“A Pack of Cigarettes” is an exhibition featuring the Midnight Sublime collective consisting of artists Jaymerson Payton and Trey Rozell. The artwork featured in this show discuses the necessity each artist has to produce new work. As emerging talent there is a desperate want to establish your artistic language. There is no hungrier artist than the one on the rise for he looks for sustenance where the fruit is scarce. Analyzing and over thinking each idea in hopes for it to lead to a break through. If not in a career setting maybe in the development of a new technique. The want becomes an everyday thought. It becomes an addiction. As human beings we tend to become more drawn to the pleasures of life. Whether they are beneficial or not is outweighed by our never ending quest for satisfaction. We become absorbed in some instances with these addictions and it is normal for them to develop a negative effect. What are you willing to relinquish for your addictions? What are you willing to risk for your dreams. Trapped in a constant turmoil between life and art or needing another pack of smokes.


Artist Statements

Jaymerson Payton

The intention behind my practice is to create works of art that leave the viewer with more questions than answers. There is an intriguing element to the unknown that engulfs the human subconscious which I intend to manipulate in the form of painting. My work is usually large scale abstract paintings on stretched or un-stretched canvas but I also construct smaller works on paper as well. The work I create is meant to trap the viewer in a new experience where the idea of conformity and structure are decimated.

Trey Rozell

Current work is an exploration of my pre-conscious through meditation. The nature of the process is poetic, my work is made much like a haiku is written, changed here and there until it arrives at a point of rest. This experience of finding balance in a work is the importance, emphasizing or taking away parts until a direct expression is achieved, the product is simply the tangible remainder of this process. I intend to investigate my instinctual need to visually communicate through organization and how this achieves honest expressions.
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