It is almost impossible to write about art.
A few writers have been successful; one of those is Octavio Paz...
Painting is about painting , not writing ,or talking.
THE PROCESS OF MAKING ART REMAINS HIDDEN
The best an artist can hope for is to see his work years after he made it and ask: how was this made?
The most interesting territory is the border zone, the space between things
for example: BLACK is the ultimate color.
Painting landscapes is about painting.
"Crear para ver" --create, so you can see. Octavio Paz
Reductionism --within limits--is one method I use to focus attention on the essential;it is a way to distill and help the observer see what can be seen.Although I consider my paintings an exercise in problem solving and approach the problem experimentally within the constraints of predetermined rules, the element of playful 'let it happen!' on paper or canvas is very important.
I mix media that are very different and considered by most as not belonging together, for example gesso and ink or chalk. I build (sculpt) the picture surface with paper that is molded into the gesso( a protection against reproducibility).
Landscape and skyscapes emerge.
Emergence is an important aspect of the ancient cultures of the Southwest, the Rio Grande Pueblos.Their creation myths are myths of emergence.In my work images emerge because I allow them to form.Alternatively, the image just forms-without permission.I think this is the reason explaining my amnesia. Many times I have encountered one of my paintings in my collectors' homes and am surprised, I recognize the work as my own---but I had forgotten how I made the piece--or that I made it.
Instead of starting with a detailed plan I begin to work, and the work soon finds its own way.
Finding is the one real talent that I have.Not all things are given to us to understand-nor is this necessary. I am interested in the process of making things-and in the endpoint. The finished product-if successful- obeys the rules- and is , Octavio Paz, again ," presencias resonantes", meaning that the work has a strong presence that resonates with the viewer.The work gives off enough energy to beckon the viewer to come closer and engage in the act/work of seeing.My landscapes, small medium and large, water color, acrylic and oil or mixed materials, are the result of an endless dialogue with the structures, horizon lines and colors of the American Southwest [a major influence have been the watercolors of J.M.W. Turner].
There is probably not much difference between a landscape and a human face.
As we are nowadays image-overloaded,image-saturatedand numbed by the constant attacks on our visual cortex, I am interested in the still point, the archetypical,rather than the razzle-dazzle.
I approach an artistic problem through the serial approach and the variations around the theme.Another landscape, another take, because there is no single side to most matter. Here I seem to contradict myself, but not really--there are many archetypes.My figures emerge, like the large series of "Morphs" I made a decade ago.
Grids:for me, grids are interesting when they are organic and fluid; they are models of a constantly changing reality.They take me back to the horizon lines and silhouettes of the landscape paintings--and they show up in my landscape work.Someone recently remarked that the grid is used to "blenderize". Perhaps.
Born in Bayreuth, Germany
Lives in Denver, Colorado and Taos in northern New Mexico
His work is represented by the Philip Bareiss Gallery in Taos, NM and at the Hand Artes Gallery in Truchas NM (W. Franke)
36 Series of Landscapes , Boettcher Hall, Denver,CO, 1980
Exhibition with Nathaniel Hesse (Sculpture) at ',The Artery', Denver, CO 1981
Recent Paintings,Boettcher Hall, Denver, CO, 1984
Recent Paintings at Kathleen Bryant, Denver, CO 1987
'The Morphs', Dennison Library, Denver, CO, 1993
'God lives in NewMexico', Dennison Library, Denver, CO, 1997
'Nightways and Nightscapes-Black is the Ultimate Color, Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM, 1997
'Eight Torsos', SAI Gallery, New York, 1997
Watercolors, Farmington NM, 1997
'Las Presencias Resonantes ' Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, 1997
'Night Walker' Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 1997
Friends of Contemporary Art,Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, "Art Exposure", 1997
Taos Art Association, Stables Gallery, "Modernism and Postmodernism", Taos, NM, 1997
'The Rite of Spring', Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM, 1998
Jaqueline Loyd Gallery, Taos, NM 1998
"Rio Grande " Series, Homage to William Turner Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM, 1998
'Timeless' Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM, 1999
'Cheerful Detachment--Words, Images, Books' 'Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM, 1999
'Between Earth and Sky' Bareiss Gallery Taos,NM 2000
'Taos Artists, Past and Present' , Bareiss Gallery 2000
"The House , Theme and Variations'' Hand Artes Gallery, NM, 2000
'Masks for Halloween' at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum,Santa Fe, NM 2000
'Figure it out' Bareiss Gallery, Taos NM 2001
'Archetypes' Hand Artes Gallery,Truchas,NM 2001
'9 eleven, a Day inSeptember' Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM, 2001
'Love for Sale', Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, 2001
'The Grid Revisited', Bareiss Gallery , Taos ,NM
'Mostly Grids'-----Vertigo Gallery, Denver, CO, 2006
'Face it', --The Human Face, Bareiss Gallery
Taos, NM, 2008
'Reflections' . Twenty five large format photographs, Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM, 2012
Small Landscapes, A Gallery, Santa Fe , NM.2013
Miniatures ;" Abuelo con Nietos"(Grandfather and grandchildren)
at the Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM--through January 2015.
Day and Night: Variations on the theme of the landscape.
Bareiss Gallery. Sept 5-October
Art Books/Book Art Installation of "Art books:an excellent excuse for notpainting a painting."January 2016 at the Taos Center of the Arts
Miniature at the Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos ,February 2016.
"In praise of the SQUARE"
December 2017-February 28th 2018
Works in private collections:
Denver, Colorado Springs, Evergreen, Boulder, Longmont (Colorado) ; Nashville, TN ; Houston, Tx, Santa Fe, Taos (New Mexico) ; Palo Alto, CA; Baltimore, MD, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Freiburg i. Br., Stuttgart, Isny (Germany) , Zurich, Switzerland.
'Art Book' in the Walter and Molly Bareiss
Museum, Toledo, OH
For contact: Tel. 720 201 9558 or
303 947 0070
Studios: El Salto,NM, Calle Coyote 23
700 W 11th Avenue, Denver, CO