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Commonwealth Stadium- Competition
Painting - Oil On Masonite
Commonwealth Stadium, in Edmonton, is an incredible stadium and is rich with history. It was initially built to host the 1978 Commonwealth games, then in 2001 it became the first stadium in North America to host the World Track and Field Championships. I had the opportunity to compete in the venue at the 2001 Canadian Track and Field Championships. So, this was the first time I had a truly personal experience to relate to the painting. This close relationship affected my composition immensely. It became about my experience inside the stadium ad how it felt to compete in such a large venue. My experience was that of shell shock and constant motion, and before I even knew it, the competition was done. Therefore, it was this idea of competition, motion and confusion that the composition ended up being based on. I began by placing an image of the long jump runway and pit in the central location because of the personal importance it signifies and because it was the reason I was competing within the stadium. The sand of the pit then becomes the sky for the architecture of the media boxes. The sand's yellowy tones become the sun setting on the stadium. From this point, I initiate motion in the piece by adding the curved lines of perspective fro the track. These lines accelerate us through the corner, causing us to step into and experience the rush of competition. After this quick pass, the panel is finished off with stationary imagery. When finished, the remaining stagnant, distant views of the bleachers and field express the difference between experiencing the venue as a spectator and my actual experience of competing with the walls.
September 14th, 2012
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