Friday, May 21, 2010

fred gutzeit

OTT18, 2005, acrylic on paper on canvas, 72 x 72, Creation of Life, 2007, acrylic on paper on canvas, 72 x 72, Origin of the World, 2007, acrylic on paper on canvas, 72 x 72
Otter Falls is a site in the Catskills that I drew and photographed over a period of ten years. While on the Bowery in 2001, I did a set of ink drawings to interpret my feelings of the site. These black and white brush drawings were the beginning of this current series of paintings. Each painting begets the next. The feeling of the original site has become an "abstract" space that has taken on a life of it's own as it develops in each new painting. This moves me from depicting landscape to exploring Nature beyond landscape's visual beauty: green is made of yellow and blue; earth–brown is red and black; light is white (in the spectrum, all the colors). My explorations are improvisations based on nature built with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. This is the form that I've arrived at to do a series of 12 paintings: a static square made dynamic by black and white made from red yellow, and blue–expressing the notion of vibrations evolving into shapes as a play on the quantum world of "wave particle duality"–to play the shapes as a musical composition–done six foot square as a human scale.
at first glance, it's difficult to tell from their hard-edged graphic nature that these paintings are derived from landscape, but after reading the statement , i find them particularly intriguing...see more here.

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