Craig Allen Subler

Rocket Pops (detail)    |    Too Sweet prints

TOO SWEET prints

This series of handpainted inkjet prints parodies the genre paintings by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, a French 19th century academic painter whose works feature bare foot ingenues in French peasant costumes. In this series I overlay Bouguereau's girls with modern day frozen confections. The overly sweet, yet coldly academically handling of the popsicles, serves as a foil to the syrupy sweetness of his subjects. As the suite progresses melting popsicles begin to obscure the very images of the girls and the slick flat surface of the painted drips intentionally puns the hallmark of 19th century academic painting known as a "licked finish."


Museum #24 (detail)    |    Museum series

MUSEUM series
This large body of work encompasses over 125 colored pencil drawings with watercolor on vellum, and 8 large digital prints. Museums are highly choreographed and artificial domains. Museums are concerned with presentation, arrangement and display. However, objects in the museum space can have vastly different meaning when presented together. The Museum drawings center on the disconnected narrative that results when one traverses the museum space. These drawings focus on how this endless stream of images of vastly different cultures is embraced by the viewer. It is this non-linearity and incongruity that these drawings and paintings seek to embody.


Blue Pool (detail)   |   Garden series

GARDEN series
For several years the Garden prints and paintings explored the large formal gardens of Europe as a metaphor for the environment and man’s effort to subvert nature to his own aesthetic concerns. In recent years the Garden works have focused on the microcosm of the backyard garden. Here snakes, birds and insects coexist with a tangle of fruits and vegetables growing on trellises and fences. All mixed media works are on Rives BFK.


Suburban Terrorists Benjamin Moore Trim Colors (detail)   |   Suburban Terrorist series


Suburban Terrorist
is a suite of 13 etching, woodcut, and digital prints that explore the topic of domestic terrorism through the lens of metaphor. Who the terrorists are is never quite clear. Is it suburban sprawl or is it nature? The rich surfaces of the prints and the disjointed images show two spheres colliding as each tries to claim the other’s realm.


Hiroshima 4 (detail)    |     Enola Gay: The Exterminating Angel

Enola Gay: The Exterminating Angel is a corpus of prints and collages. All the printed works and collages are on Rives BFK paper. The prints are numbered and signed in an edition of 20 with two deluxe-boxed sets. The collages are produced from torn fragments of the prints that have been burnt and scorched then reassembled and painted over.

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