Airom grew up in the Australian bush. Embarrassed about not owning a television, he would make up imaginary television shows to tell his schoolmates. This reliance on imagination played a big part in the development of his creative process.
Heavy oil paint with a series of transparent glazes and a subtle interplay of forming moods resulting in a soft organic surface as well as themes of fostering and nurturing, development thought formation, acquisition, and growth are common to Airom’s work. His work is a balance between actual nature and desired nature, success and humility, and social relationships. Airom’s process is to build a slow-motion cycle of thought-feeling interactions, he will create several sedimentary layers responding to thoughts as they form and different moods they evoke, and make this process visible, scumbling and glazing to reveal the history and interplay of one layer and the next, hoping to create a stirring a circling between sensation and contemplation in the viewer.
Alternative to the Grand Dilemma
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
"My art explores the interaction between the conceptual conscious intentional natures and primal emotive impulses. I apply my past work and study in experimental cognitive psychology to the canvass and to conceptual installation, visually representing schematized concepts as they would be in the human mind in the process of being brought from memory and applied to sensual building blocks. I respond to these schemata borrowing from techniques of early, abstract and post-expressionists. I continue this process, taking these and responding to them, incorporating them into large installations exploring particular types of psychological phenomena or conducting psychological experiments using the pieces as stimuli. The end result is a slow-motion cycle of conceptual-expressive interactions, hopefully stirring a circling between sensation and contemplation."
‘…a kind of assured hesitancy is common to all of Bleicher’s oil paintings…These are open-ended visual conundrums presented with a feeling of innocent pleasure…You can compare this art to surrealism… or Philip Guston’s later work but that is like hanging a tag or
delimiting label on something primal, inherently itself and whole….These images are produced as a balancing act over the gr eat divide between the conscious and unconscious mind… Their virtue is that they represent a freely ranging hybrid, unfinished and unaccountable.’
-Ray Zone, ArtScene Magazine
‘….seemingly spontaneous gestured, scumbled technique. The dynamic balancing of objects that leave open wide interpretations of the narrative. The richness of the layered colors enhance the deeply personal psychological themes. A primitive and at
the same time sophisticated and elaborate world of stylized objects and beings playing out their interior visual games.’