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Abstract art with an industrial edge in Vail

Caramie Schnell
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily"No 9," by Randy Wix.

Every piece of art has a story. There’s the story of the artist who carefully crafted it and the memory the owner has about what first drew them to the piece, be it a painting, sculpture, or a piece of jewelry, and why they decided to bring it home and make it a part of their lives. For abstract artist Randy Wix, it’s that connection between the artist and the art lover that drives him.

“I want my art to create a connection between us, a memory that can be relived every time it is seen,” he said. “I want the art to become a familiar piece in their lives, representing why they were attracted to it and the story behind it.”

Part of Wix’s story is the materials he uses to create his work. He’s been dubbed an “industrial artist” because he’s more likely to get his supplies at Home Depot rather than a fine art store. Along with paint, he uses grout, joint compound, caulk, varnish and industrial tools to create pieces that range from five inches to wall size.

Wix, who works in his home studio in Pueblo, has been showing his work at Masters Gallery in Vail since May. More than 20 paintings are on display at the gallery this weekend for his first show and Wix will be at Masters from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday for an artist reception.

Vail Daily: What draws you to abstract art?

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Randy Wix: To me, a well-done abstract piece allows the viewer to project their own meaning onto the piece … making it their own personal visual experience.

VD: Tell me what materials you work with?

RW: I mostly use materials not often found in traditional art pieces … the various textures, depths, mattes and glosses are a result of my many years of experimenting with mixed media.

VD: You only sell original paintings. Tell me why.

RW: Each piece that I create carries a great deal of meaning for me and to mechanically reproduce them would be to diminish or dilute that meaning.

VD: Do you use recycled and green materials in your work? And why?

RW: Absolutely. The presentation and the durability of the piece come first, naturally, but otherwise I integrate textures, materials and paints that I salvage from various sources, as well as the occasional found object … these may not be items or materials that are obvious to the viewer, but again, it gives each piece I create added meaning.

VD: What’s the significance of the numbers you include in your work?

RW: The numbers exist as a cypher, or sometimes purely a design element … again, as abstract notions that the viewer can apply his or her own ideas or emotions to.

VD: What inspires your work?

RW: I like to create art that appears simple but upon closer scrutiny is quite complex, depicting emotions rather than objects. That, and the joy that comes from the creation of each piece, continues to motivate me.

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