Artist Statement

Ted Aub at FLCCAub’s work shares affinities with the elegant sculptures of Elie Nadleman and the surreal paintings of Rene Magritte. Aub states, “I think of my work as a paradoxical marriage of clarity and enigma. As in dreams, content seems both rational and irrational. My work often deals with dualities, and the figure holds interest for me, in part, because of the “metaphor of the binary” imbedded in the natural bifurcation of the body. As in any work of art, the dynamic tension that binds the whole is sometimes created from a dissonance of the parts – and in these works, the implicit central line of division and organization, is emphasized by way of the symmetrical mirroring of the body parts and facial features along with the prosthetic treatment of the hairstyles, hats, and other external ornamentation. The conventional imagery suggested by the tradition of representation is offset by subtle forms of subversion such as the irregular orientation of the pieces. Regular and irregular are bound in unusual balances. If the sculptures have an air of silliness, there is also an undercurrent of seriousness as in the binary relationship of comedy and tragedy.”

Themes of circularity are present in the works in ways that are obvious and less so. Other than rounded forms, some of the pieces are designed to physically rock or roll in place, implying a circular movement for these otherwise static forms. Titles reflect circularity in their wordplay usage of palindromes, or, for example, in fragments of songs that imply endless circular musical loops. “Popular culture and folk art are references I enjoy and draw on for inspiration. In part, it is my intention to blur the distinction between that which is horrific and humorous, and, in the tradition of the absurd, to find meaning in the meaningless.”