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Scraped(3), as the title implies, is an example of Troy's interest in reductive art as much as additive. "Sandpaper can be used as well as a brush", he says. The bright blue circle that may appear to be the main object of this painting is in fact ever so slightly obstructed by thin scraped lines that both go over and under it.
Works in TX
A video and book artist-turned-painter, Troy still hasn't lost the wonder of new materials like toys, molding paste, and most recently flower-patterned plastic bags. Rather than playing fixed roles in a prefabricated play, his works together explore a constellation of loosely related sentiments like serious absurdity, the ineffable scale of cosmic time, surveyor marks, and rat traps around New York. These moments when existential issues suddenly intrude into everyday life or vice versa are most pronounced in the contrast between the digital hot pink he frequents and the scratched, worn out textures like peeled subway ads that accompany it.