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Slip Away/Come Back, 2009

Slip Away/Come Back, 2009

STEVE GALLOWAY (b. 1952 in Los Angeles, CA) graduated from the California Institute of the Arts 1974 with a focus in drawing. Galloway was the recipient of a prestigious grant from National Endowment for the Arts in 1987, and has original works in the permanent collections of the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Franklin Mint, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  He lives and works in Santa Monica, California.

Set somewhere on the outskirts of our recognizable galaxy, the universe of painter Steve Galloway is scattered over numberless chunks of swampland where grotesque events transpire in bizarre, bucolic tropics that William Henry Hudson might have imagined in a paranoid, malarial dream.

Though it may resemble our own world, Galloway’s is really a parallel universe, beholden only to laws of its own.  Familiar images – corks, pulleys, anthills, and tikis – lure us into thinking we are on home ground, but the similarity ends abruptly when the artist subjects these objects to incongruous juxtapositions that defy normal rules of physics.  An image-maker par excellence, Galloway constructs dramatic pictorial situations that couldn’t possibly exist outside a poet’s imagination.

- Juxtapose

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