Word of Mouth
Miami is and has always been a great inspiration for Loveland. His latest works have found clarity from years of constant experimentation with urban artifacts that form his visual vocabulary. Inspired by chance encounters with such mundane places as dirty and cluttered storefront windows to abandoned foreclosed properties, the artist finds interest in their unassuming imperfections and levels of decaying condition. This raw and natural state finds its place within his finished works. The collecting and categorizing of these shapes and colors are the first steps in the creation of this body of work.
Loveland has started to introduce discarded glass panes to his repertoire in order to figuratively and literally add an extra layer of information. By designing new ways of displaying these collaged and manipulated relics, the artist has opened up a dynamic dialogue with what he finds and what is actually presented within a gallery setting. He is harking back to work such as Constantin Brancusi’s 1931 sculpture Birds in Space with its exploration of the relationship between object and pedestal as a total artwork and not pedestal for display purposes only. These ideas of placement and presentation take on a new light when made from objects of the every day such as parking curbs, old wood painted signs, and fabrics collected from Loveland’s travels. With these newest works he is encouraging the viewer to recognize the essence of his chosen matter not necessarily the reality of their past.