This a linocut from a series I did in the 1980's.
Prayer would be an example of sympathetic magic.
I had just relocated to LA and found my first real studio. I was fascinated with LA and its layering. Everything was layered from the graffiti over graffiti over walls over signs to all the social layering of the LA art world, personalities over personalities over personalities. I had removed the relationship between objects and their accepted collective relationships and was dealing with the formal aspects of art in relationship to themselves.
Titles of paintings became important to me as well. A title of a painting can be so limiting and confine the viewer into a preconceived idea and not let the viewer have his own personal experience...
Philip Slagter is an internationally recognized artist whose work has currently spanned a 40 year period. His work is in collections in the USA as well as worldwide. He has exhibited nationally as well as internationally. Slagter has lived and painted in New York City, Connecticut, Indiana, Florida, New Mexico, Los Angeles and Montana in the USA, Thailand, the Bahamas, China, Indonesia as well as visits to Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Hawaii and Alaska. Slagter's work is influenced by all the people, places and cultures he has experienced from the beginning of the graffiti scene in New York City to the street art of Los Angeles, the wildlife of Montana to the tribal art of Africa. His work ranges from abstraction to realism and the subject...
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