|Russell Wright Design Center; Garrison, NY|
This past weekend I took a ride up north along the Hudson River and made a few great discoveries. In Garrison, NY I came across the Russell Wright Design Center and Manitoga Preserve. I have to admit that I don't know much about Russell Wright, but his house is very beautiful. It's nestled into nature along side a quarry adjacent to the nature preserve. The structure reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and Howard Roark's (the godly architect in Ayn Rand's book "The Fountain Head" which is one of my favorite books). If I too could someday live in a nook in the Hudson River Valley or Adirondacks and have a home and studio immersed in nature it would be a dream come true. Anxiety about my career, or how I want to finish a painting, or how I'm going to pay rent all slip away. I always get the sensation of being at peace with death while in nature; it's there that death seems natural and beautiful. I regain my senses, my ego loosens its hold on my heart and mind, and I feel free from all the nonsense that we spend so much time fussing over in our everyday lives.
|Garrison Art Center|
In her artist statement she says: "These paintings are fractured fairytales--dark explorations of the messy, in-between stages of moving through life. I’m interested in the fables that have been passed along to children since the beginning of time, and how archetypal, oft-idealistic narratives tend to shift and fall apart as time passes. The language of storytelling—colloquialisms, old wives’ tales, ironic turns of phrase—interest me as a means of developing cultural mythologies. These alleged truisms, along with an interest in psychoanalytic and surrealist tropes, inform the stark, yet playful narratives that drive my work."I was initially attracted to her work because of the bold and curious semi-familiar/representational forms in her mixed media drawings and oil paintings. The texture and layering in these works give them character; the size of them is just large enough; and the mix of 3D rendering with 2D mark-making gives these works a primitive or naive look (which I'm a huge fan of). The only thing that I find distracting is her use of glitter. Sure, she uses it sparingly but it give these works a crafty/decorative feel that disrupts my contemplation of them. You can see more of her work on her website (http://www.deborahbuck.com).
|My wife who I made stand next to one of Deborah's paintings|
Tim's work is curious because the plain chairs, tables, and other household items he paints in his minimal compositions don't come from his living room or kitchen but rather they come from his imagination. Again, the work is intimate (do to small size) and charming; it has a way of pulling you in and holding you there. I can't get enough of his banal subject matter and overly simplified forms and shapes... they totally turn me on. His art is similar to my own, and one thing that I think we both focus on is a kind of existential tension. He puts us face to face with one or two common objects painted flat on canvases that sometimes only contain three or four colors. The viewer is left in confrontation with shapes and forms of things we never think twice about. But what is it that makes this cup or that chair worthy of our time/contemplation? That's the magic in works like Tim D'Acquisto's.