Post by swabie2424 on Sept 14, 2012 20:46:40 GMT -8
I actually enjoy it quite a bit, but I certainly understand and appreciate your comment rizza. I actually added color in my own mind... not sure if Wackers intended that. I like how it challenged me. I've had my eye on him for a while. Will certainly keep following his work.
these two new paintings make 3 no-color bouquet paintings that i've seen paul paint. there's something really interesting happening with them. i see paul's painting styles really showing through. stepping away from color while painting a subject that is so connected to color works for me. i imagine these could look amazing on the right wall.
New Image Art is pleased to present, "Early Romantics," a solo exhibition by Paul Wackers, opening Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7-10PM.
Paul Wackers will exhibit a new body of paintings that depict geometric still life assemblages interacting with natural settings. Wackers takes the still life object, deduces it into geometric and linear form, and takes an additional step: the form is simplified to abstract shapes while raw painting techniques mimic the nature of the object itself.
Wackers' work is rooted in inventive means of figuration. He uses a multi-method technique to support the subject at large. The formal quality and sincerity of his work walks between the lines of that of a 17th century Dutch still life painter a la Margareta Haverman or Willem Van Aelst, to atmospheric and broken down geometric landscapes, and sometimes to paintings on a single canvas that imitate diptych. Objects placed in the foreground of landscapes resemble hand-made sculptures and viewers may be tempted to wonder if they are not looking at the two-dimensional works of a very accomplished ceramicist! In this latest body of work Paul's paintings balance amazing confidence in his technique and structure with a spirited gentleness.
Wackers- Born in New Haven, Connecticut, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Wackers received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Solo Exhibitions include: "Wait and Watch Awhile Go By" Alice gallery, Brussels Belgium (2011), "Of Life" Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York , NY (2011), "Idle/Idol" Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, Ca (2009), "New Work" Tournesol award show, Luggage store gallery, San Francisco, Ca (2008), "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird" Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco, Ca (2006), "Another Side of This Life" Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco Ca , Critics pick in Artforum.com November 2006 by Glen Helfand (2005), "Old Bodies Become Crystal Clear", Record collector, San Francisco Ca (2001), "Eleven Ways to Cut an Egg", BFA Thesis show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2001).
Opening Reception: February 16, 2013, Saturday, 7pm-10pm On View: February 16- March 30th, 2013 New Image Art Gallery 7920 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046
I feel disrespectful saying this, as I do respect the creative process, but this really strikes me as stepping too closely on Jonas Wood territory, down to the perspectives and angles and subject matter.
a decade of subject overlap and style similarities may not equal anyone stepping too closely on either ones territory. nothing is truly owned by anyone, nor unique. go back far enough and someone else did it before. personally speaking, i find it interesting when artists travel the same path. and having followed both of these artists for a very long time, i can spot either one from a mile away, and still like them both.
I also follow both guys and can only agree - both similar but very different.
Anyway some more news:
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