Meticulously folding canvas and layering color, the art duo Stallman (Jason Hallman and Stephen Stum) turn a traditional painting surface on its head, using the structure of the canvas to give their works vibrant depth. The two artists are deeply inspired by gradients found in the natural world, their color selection and positioning appearing almost topographic.
The Pacific Northwest based pair calls this body of work “Canvas on Edge,” giving canvas the leading roll within each each piece. By positioning the medium outward its curved shapes become all about depth and form and serve as large, elevated line drawings.
Hallman and Stum (the two combined their names to create their artist title) are both partners in the studio and life. “We create together, one acting as the right side of the brain and the other the left,” says Stallman. “This union of dynamic minds dissolves the boundaries of what is possible turning the ordinary into extraordinary.”