I am a multidisciplinary artist living in Oklahoma City. Currently my artistic output is concentrated in two primary areas: abstract painting in acrylics and digital composites which are a form of collage. Both of the disparate mediums allow me to explore the process of layering colors, textures, and images or shapes to create an image. Both allow me to examine the psychological concepts of identity and perception with hidden (private) and visible (public) within the artwork. However, abstraction allows me to work more intuitively while the digital composites are more complex and frequently deal with issues in American society.
For me, all visual art is a form of communication and abstraction is art stripped down, simplified to its most basic elements, essentially the alphabet of art. Just as nothing is communicated verbally or in writing without combinations of the 26 letters of the alphabet nothing is communicated in art without color, line, shape, texture, space, rhythm, harmony, contrast, and balance. I utilize those 9 principles to create abstract artwork for the purpose of communicating the concept that nothing is ever as straightforward or as simple as it appears. Abstraction allows me to to avoid inadvertently contaminating the message with culturally loaded objects and the stereotypes and prejudices of both myself and my audience. However, due to my own experiences, the artwork often contains incongruities or outright conflict between the strata.
To continue the analogy, my other primary medium would best be described as an anthology - a collection of pieces from across time and sources which form one complete work. Digital composites merge old photographs (from famous photographers, forgotten photographers, or from the amateur photographers in my family) as well as more recent photographs taken by me with my own drawings and paintings. The pieces are cut, layered, altered, and reworked both manually and with art software to unify the various images into one. Digital composites originated as an attempt to present the experiences of individuals from minority groups to more homogeneous groups in a way that was non-confrontational but created cognitive dissonance. In other words, with digital composites, I intentionally contaminate and cross-contaminate images before using new media techniques to unify the image.
Trace Logan was born and raised in Philadelphia but has lived in Oklahoma City for several years. An early education in Graphic Design and Commercial Art led to a preference for a bold style with defined lines and borders more typically found in commercial art applications while more recently, an interest in better understanding human behavior led to the attainment of a psychology degree. His current art practice combines these influences but is not limited by them.
In addition to abstract paintings Logan is currently working on a form of collage that contains separate and distinct elements of photography, painting, drawing, and digital work melded into one piece. Ultimately, Logan believes art is about the human experience with an emphasis on personal experience and perception and the multifaceted inter-connectivity between living entities, places, and objects.