By Katy Cowan
There is something so calming about driving in the rain. The satisfyingly fat droplets of water that fall onto the car roof; the hypnotic sound of the windscreen wipers moving back and forth; the blurred shapes and colours of the view ahead – these are all elements that make car journeys on wet days so appealing. In his series Under the Unminding Sky, New York City-based artist Gregory Thielker shares the same sentiment. These beautiful, hyperrealistic artworks simply show the view you’d expect from your car’s windscreen on a rainy day.
He explained: “These paintings reflect my interest in the way that the road delineates and controls how we experience landscape. From the roadway perspective, we not only travel from one place to another, we see landscape in a varied and complex manner. I use water on the windshield to create a shifting lens for the way we see the environment: it both highlights and obscures our viewing.
“Perspectives slip and compress, while shapes and colours merge into one another. I also work with relationships between surface and depth, between flatness and illusion. These images are born out of real experience and have a close relationship with the medium of painting: its fluidity, transparency, and capacity for layering, mixing, and blending.”
Gregory’s work connects to specific places and calls into question the way recognition and narrative can often sway understanding and perception. If you have been swayed by his work, discover more at www.gregorythielker.com.