Polorization - Division Series
Without collaborating, the two used their painting processes as an attempt to reconcile and express emotions experienced from a society being pulled apart. Although both men started with similar themes about the same time, each started their series unbeknownst to one another until a few years later after most of their paintings were completed, each taking a unique conceptual and visual direction. At one point Pflughoeft found himself so agitated while creating the conflicted imagery that he found it hard to justify continuing. But then came a breakthrough - once he examined the situation he found the exact same intolerance and negativity within himself that he projected onto his own “adversaries”. With this shift, came a compassionate view that changed the emotional tone of the paintings. They became more light and playful in regards to the very different vantage points that can arise in the world today. You can bring your own perspective on polarization and explore these works at the Overture Center.
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