Jeremy Geddes name has become synonymous with photo realism, especially regarding images that appear to suspend time and gravity.
His most famous series titled “Cosmonauts” feature various individuals suited for exploration flying amidst doves, crashing to earth, or otherwise floating in space. These images speak to audiences familiar with stop-motion animation, technology, and man-made environments. The cosmonauts often appear to be toying with gravity, or the lack of it. In a way, some of the images, such as “The Red Cosmonaut” are almost like an incredible selfie — the cosmonaut is looking at the viewer from an unusual angle while floating between two doves.
The cosmonauts could be symbolic of any human — race, gender, age, and ability are all hidden beneath the extensive gear that must be worn beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Or is the cosmonaut an expression of the artist himself? Perhaps these are portrayals of Geddes own fears and hopes.
Although much of Geddes art focuses on people in space suits, some of his images showcase average individuals in common settings. What causes these images to be attention grabbing is the unusual postures of the figures. Most are caught in mid-air stances, turbulently tossed by some explosion, energy force, or pure departure from gravity. Images like “A Perfect Vacuum” really give viewers the chance to pause. Is this reality or a dream? Has the girl been catapulted through the window? Or is she being sucked out? Much speculation can be discussed over images like these, and perhaps that conversation starting aspect is one of the most valuable enjoyments of Geddes work.
Gravity Suspension, Photo Realism, & Man-made Environments
Other Geddes art portrays aging buildings that explode upward, releasing a storm of doves, debris, and occasionally even human figures. Those that lack human figures are still related to his themes of time and space, placing these man-made structures in the larger context of humanity’s interaction with the world.
The Australian painter has been exhibiting work since his completion of art school in 1995. In addition to the sale and exhibition of original works of art, Geddes also hosts “lotteries” for the purchase of prints. Followers of Geddes blog are given opportunities to enter random selection raffles to win the opportunity to purchase a print of a particular popular paintings. The artist could be using this as a simple marketing ploy, but the blog writing sways more towards an air of leveling the playing field for small art collectors. Since the lower numbers of prints are often more highly valued than the later numbers, it seems Geddes wants anyone to be able to purchase it rather than create a bidding way.
Written by Staffan Ulmert
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