Description The coupler: Cling, clutch, connect, and release - it does it all. On a subjective level there are both negative and positive meanings represented by this massive object. As humans, it is our nature to unite with others and to connect on emotional, phsycal, and spiritual levels. Sometimes, however, some of us find ourselves from time to time trying to dominate and to rule over others - pulling them and pushing them to follow our desires and demands. Others prefer to hide away and to follow blindly at almost any cost. Domination and subservience are two forms of dependence that have tyrannized humankind since our creation. Freedom to bond or to connect with others in a give and take manner makes living joyful and rewarding.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.