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matt lively tar painting
Studio Series (Chuck Scalin)
Tar on enamel
12 x 12 inches
2018

Part of a series for an upcoming exhibit

The studio is the place where artists manipulate materials and boil down ideas. I use tar to depict these settings. The tar we use on roads and rooftops is made through a process called Destructive Distillation. When coal, wood, petroleum or peat is heated in the presence of little to no oxygen, tar is the sludgy substance that remains after all of the molecular bonds have been broken down. Its molecular structure is different from the material it once was, yet it came from that very material.

Chuck Scalin was nice enough to allow me to visit his studio. You should check out his work.