VIA| Canvas has been used in painting and art-making for years. Typically, artists paint onto it, and the canvas usually just serves as the backdrop. But this creative duo has found a new way to use canvas where it becomes the art itself — and it’s pretty amazing.
The artist team refers to themselves as Stallman. Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, partners in both life and artwork, create the swirling, abstract pieces you see here. They use canvas and paint…but not at all in a way you’d expect.
Stallman takes strips of painted canvas and balances it on its edge, creating looping, swirling scrollwork that becomes an abstract image.
By using different colors, the canvas surfaces can reflect off one another, creating a shimmering effect that changes depending on the angle it’s viewed from.
The duo works together on each piece, melding their individual creativities into single images.
“Each length of painted canvas is bonded to itself and to the background creating a rigid structure within the frame,” the pair explains.
Each piece is created using considerable care and patience, with careful attention paid to the flow of the canvas and the gradient of the colors.
“The hue of the painted canvas reflects on the background creating a spectrum of color. By using reflecting light, pigment, and structure, they can multiply the hues and tones within each sculpture.”
And the results are stunning:
These pieces are part of a growing collection called Canvas on Edge, and Hallman and Stum take their inspiration from the world around them…
…from organic forms to oceanscapes. Their artwork falls somewhere between painting and sculpture.
When creating their work, Hallman and Stum consider themselves to be two halves of the same brain, working together and pooling their individual abilities to make something that showcases the best of both of them.
“Our union of dynamic minds dissolves the boundaries of what is possible turning the ordinary into extraordinary,” they explain.
The pair doesn’t show any signs of slowing their creative output, and we’re glad about that. You can see much more of Stallman’s work, including other styles that merge painting and sculpture, on their website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.