Amidst the unlimited directions that art is taken to these days, it’s nice to come across works that focus a tradition. Drawing has always been a mainstay of aesthetics. For some, drawing is only a passage towards a master piece. For others, drawing is the the finished product. Although drawing is not the limit for Armando Veve, his drawings appear as the focal point of his works to date. While drawing seems to be more and more prominent in today’s art world, it is important to distinguish between syncretic styles that derive from childish impulse and gestalt forms that rely heavily on assessing the details of its parts.
From a glance at Veve’s drawings the impression arises that, like David, he is after the perfect definition of form. Veve’s drawing, “Haarlem,” or the “Drawing of a Bulbous Man,”even echos the Neo-classical conception in proportion to mythological ideals. Perhaps highly informed by classical illustration, Veve is not merely reiterating the styles of a previous era or giving a nod to timeworn conceptions.
Often the sense of detail that arose from Baroque and Neo-classical art is perverted in a surrealistic sense by Veve. Stand alone objects morph into whole landscapes and landscapes morph into embattled creatures. Where surrealism comments on underlying psychological complexes, is Veve entering into dialogue with the subconscious? Or are his object associations aimed more at being gimmicky? Maybe Veve should discuss this with his therapist… Meanwhile, catch a glimpse of that rigid-dedifferentiation style and let you mind swim around the details of inner life.
-Howard Brad Halverson