Andrew Boardman, Editor of The Site
at MANOVERBOARD.com, has painted and drawn for over ten years. He
also has a growing graphic and Web design firm providing a range
of design services from Web site design and development to logo,
stationery, and brochure design. For more information, click on
Design at left.
Boardman's paintings and drawings can be found by clicking The Paintings
or The Animations buttons at left. We hope that you will find them
at least somewhat interesting.
The paintings and drawings featured herein by
Andrew Boardman speak to two primary concerns: the immaterial and
base occupation of artworks themselves, which stand in for our collective
supernal futures and the revaluation of painting and figuration
after the psychic transgressions that have haunted us since 1945.
The first concern was born during the act of studying paintings
within the odd gallery spaces of European museums. These paintings,
regardless of content or form or discretion, for some incredible
reason FLOAT. They defy gravity. They deftly sit on flat walls and
forgive their own groundedness. They are objects unlike any other
object because, as stationary, floating forms, they also stand in
for our desires to fly, to be free, to be unencumbered by gravitational
pull, and the earth and the sun nearby. Paintings hover above the
plane of perception and therefore connect to a painless expression
of the ineffable and the perceptual aspirations of our animal selves.
Another example, this time of a drawing.
An example from Kabbalistic literature might
illuminate the boundlessness that painting represents for Andrew
The depth of primordial being is called Boundless.
Because of its concealment from all creatures above and below, it
is also called Nothingness. If one asks, "What is it?"
the answer is, "Nothing," meaning: No one can understand
anything about it. It is negated of every conception. No one can
know anything about it -- except the belief that it exists. Its
existence cannot be grasped by anyone other than it. Therefore,
its name is "I am becoming."
(Matt, Daniel C. The Essential Kabbalah.
HarperCollins, 1983. p. 67.)
A story of Andy Warhol comes to mind. When asked by an interested
party what his paintings meant, he replied "They don't mean
anything. They are simply what you are seeing before you" --
perhaps meaning to say that paintings exist and are caught in the
act of becoming.
The second concern that permeates Andrew Boardman's
work is an intractable belief that we have inherited a world ever
more calcified than the one before 1945. The imagery of a world
turned inside out by civilization during the Second World War continues
to haunt our every human action today, every little sneeze and snort,
every laugh and lament. Andrew Boardman's paintings and drawings
are an attempt at gaining access to that prelapsarian world through
the damaged prism of the present. His is an attempt that looks to
such painters as Philip Guston (1913-1980), Mark Rothko (1903-1970),
Barnett Newman (1905-1971), Ben Shahn (1898-1969), and Morris Louis
(1912-1962), who all grappled with the intimacy of our mid-century
ethical and aesthetic transition through the singular post-war illusion
of making paintings.
Please visit Andrew Boardman's artwork by clicking either The Paintings
or The Animations. He also has an ongoing online art project called
The Golem which you can find at http://www.thegolem.com.
Of course, if you have any questions or comments, please do not
hesitate to contact us. Thank you.
Wradoan, Head Curator, The Site at MANOVERBOARD.com