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Journey To An Unknown Place
by Ariel Davis

Misha Bittleston: Interior, 2003-09-17   Unlike art with discernible subjects and themes, Misha Bittleston's work maintains concealed meaning and abstract nature that license a positive mystery to his images.

   Bittleston's works appear to be depictions of an imaginary world, or possible distortions of our own obdurate and determined world. His abstract characters are so-called alien beings, and his abstract buildings are a textured synthesis of the ancient with the futuristic and the primal with the corporate. Often Bittleston can sooth, and remind viewers of the natural elements with his black and white pieces. He can also threaten and daunt viewers, leading them into a mesh of questions.

   One of the most memorable works is his ink piece, entitled "Interior". It depicts the inside of a mysterious structure in which a circular bright glowing object (that resembles a flying saucer in motion) shines down a flood of opalescent light that is compressed into flat beams within the building. This piece is a prime example of Bittleston's characteristic handling of light and dark.

   Another equally great piece by Bittleston is his "Diamonds", in ink. Again, through this piece the viewer can see a veiled world. Also in this work, a structure is the subject. It sprawls all over the paper without a visible beginning or end. Diamond shaped lights flow across the bottom of the work, and light shines out of places within the structure. Bittleston has a way of making the light values so very realistic. The lights in "Interior" and "Diamonds" glow, just like real light. In a way that is nebulous, but still felt —limited in its reach to the darker areas of the work— which is a true characteristic of light.

Detail: Diamonds, 2003-10-02

   On the surface Bittleston's art offers an escape for viewers but as we view more of Bittleston’s works it is as though these images become documents of this great, reappearing, unknown place which, pieced together, lead us on a journey into new mysteries of a new universe.


Ariel Davis (Mobile, Alabama, USA)
Critic: Ariel Davis Journalist, writer, performing and visual arts critic, and graduate from the University of South Alabama.

–2004

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