THE MAXIMAL EXPERIENCE
Sonia Sacoder Astor & Ted
Last Update: 11-25-2012
Housing Now Expanded 2009 Sonia Sacoder
Astor - Ted Astor 24"x 36"
50 Sprain Valley 2 Sonia Sacoder
Astor Ted Astor 24" x 36"
"Less can be more, but less is never
"Humanity at its magnificently human, in its
restless desire to push on in all directions as far as possible." Isaac
From the earliest days of humans
to the present, one idea begets another. As part of the process, people, through
their innovation created tools and found ways to simplify and understand the
world around them. Today, computers, cyberspace and the internet provide still
another medium for this evolutionary refinement and reinterpretation of the
human experience. The result is an opportunity for any person to use her or his
imagination, intelligence and memory to understand our ongoing travels in space
and movements through time. (From the book Travels in
Space, Movements Through Time)
"Voyages" 38"x 90" Acrylic paint &
collage three panels Sonia Sacoder Astor
"Voyages Expanded" Maximal Print Any Size Ted Astor and Sonia
Using collage images, taken from photographs printed in publications, and
acrylic paint I have developed a Maximal Approach. The paintings contain
multiple images, each seen from a different perspective that gives a global
sense. Through individual memory and sensibility, the viewer interacts with the
painting. The works are geared to a space age, information age audience. The
overall title for my work is Travels In Space, Movements Through Time.
Astor, I have collaborated on focus prints of my paintings and a series we
call "Anybody's Portrait." We have had a number of joint exhibitions
including such places as the Palisades Gallery of the Hudson River Museum and
the Hammond Museum.
"What amazingly complex paintings, very intriguing!"-Barbara
Haskell, former Whitney Museum Curator.
"I really liked the contrast of huge scale and micro-detail and the way
it metaphorically translates into ideas about the planet, the environment, the
human race, war, etc. I was also struck by the degrees of similarity and
dissimilarity between your work and Ted Astor's"-Lucy Lippard, Art
Historian and Critic.
"The universe of Sonia Astor
is one of contrasts resolved. Her art shifts from small to large images,
from galaxies above to earth and water below, from images derived
throughout the history of art in reflections based upon yesterday's news.
Part of the fascination with Astor's visual abundance comes from attempting to
identify the many individual images in the work."-Lynne Mayocole, gallery
director Westchester Community College.
War And Peace
When people come together with common forms, ideas and goals they become
a movement. In art, for example, painters concerned with the
representation of a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional canvas adopted
a common approach that we know as the Cubist Movement. In the atomic age,
where war can mean the end of the human species, a wide spectrum
of individuals have joined groups aimed at dealing with the nuclear
threat. We have, for example, the International Physicians for the
Prevention of Nuclear War and Educators for Social Responsibility and
Seeds For Peace.
We are in the maximal era. Using
the World Wide Web and Cyberspace we can access anything and everything,
communicate with each other instantly and document events and their context.
September 11, 2001- World Trade
Collage, originally a term in
art for compositions that included materials from various sources, now also
refers to the assembly of diverse ideas. In art, instead
of cutting with a scissors,
carrying by hand and pasting with glue, collage today involves the
electronic keyboard and mouse to paint and transform images.
Andy Astor (1957-2000)
was a programmer.
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