Generic Art Solutions – Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Generic Art Solutions founded 2000 in New York City, USA
Matt Vis: Born 1965 in Quantico, Virginia, USA
Tony Campbell: Born 1965 in London, U.K.
Generic Art Solutions is the collaborative efforts of Matt Vis and Tony Campbell. This New Orleans-based duo utilizes nearly every medium as they examine the recurring themes of human drama and the (dis)functions of contemporary society. By combining Classical, Romantic, and Baroque compositional elements with contemporary pictorial techniques, they illuminate the common thread connecting past histories with current events. This strategy creates a "Déjà Vu effect" driven by drama and surreality with traces of levity. In this dialogue between the past and present the viewer realizes 1) that the history of art is inextricably political, 2) that human behavior repeats itself no matter how tragic or brutal, 3) that this cycle of repetition must be broken so personal and societal progress can be made. Despite all this, their work contains a glimmer of hope that through thoughtful examination (and a commitment to change) we can indeed forge a better future.