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Carl Linstrum

(Un)Natural Habitats

In these newest paintings, the ‘natural’ subjects of animal, bird and insect are no longer bound by reality, having transitioned clearly into subjectively colored monochromatic versions of themselves. The photographic backgrounds are distorted and covered to the point of no longer clearly referencing their landscape source. The entire relationship of the creatures to the environments is modeled after natural history museum dioramas, which are pale simulations of historical and environmental experiences. There is even the presence of selected surrogate subjects, from origami roses to Japanese lanterns pretending to be the moon, which are playful, but not quite right.

The “Document” pieces expand on this avenue of discovery and historical record by simulating old journal pages from a Darwinesque exploration of impossible creatures. Strangely colored like their brethren in the panels, these animals and birds are rendered as traditional subjects while also representing strange new species of fantasy and invention. As with the other paintings, the artifice of these works is left evident, including the map coordinates and Latin designations of color and scientific classification.

By holding on to some reference to the ‘real world’ while simultaneously entering into a new and undiscovered realm, these (Un)Natural Habitats become something very different from where they begin.


New Work

"Rutilus Odocoileus virginianus", mixed media on panel, 24" x 32"


"Amethystinus lepidoptera", mixed media on panel, 24" x 32"


"Indicum cervidae", mixed media on panel, 40" x 48"


"Azureus Ursidae", mixed media on panel, 69" x 40"


"Tuorum gemmam Danaus plexippus", mixed media on panel, 24" x 17" SOLD


"Ruber hyancintho trochilidae", mixed media on panel, 24" x 17" SOLD


"Catch and Release", mixed media on panel, 48" x 42"


"Catch and Release", mixed media on panel, 48" x 42"


"Catch and Release", mixed media on panel, 48" x 42"




Recent Work

"Catch and Release", mixed media on panel, 48" x 42"


"Herald" mixed media on panel 42" x 48"


"Reveal" mixed media on panel 46" x 41"


"Capture" mixed media on panel 18" x 18"


"Spring 5" mixed media on panel 15" x 10" SOLD


"Spring 3" mixed media on panel 10" x 15"


"Sanctuary" mixed media on paper 25" x 22" framed SOLD


"Red Key" mixed media on paper 25" x 22" framed



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