I AM A PAINTER Exhibition at EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery
- *I AM A PAINTER Exhibition at EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery*
**Sheboygan � January 2, 2012
*EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery *is pleased to announce an exhibition titled, *� I
AM A PAINTER� *featuring paintings by *Erica Becker*, *Scott Brooks*, *Crystal
Cudworth*, *Kristin Haas*, *John Kowalczyk* and*Garric Simonsen*. This
exhibition features six artists who consider themselves painters although
their means to create would not traditionally be referred to as �a
painting�. They push the envelope on what painting means to them today by
exploring materials, surfaces, and language.
Join us for an artist reception on January 14th from 5 to 8pm. The gallery
is located at 604 Erie Avenue, Lower Level, Sheboygan. This exhibition runs
from January 5 � February 4, 2012.
*Erica Becker* (WI) creates work informed by man�s interest in building and
expanding the industrial landscape. She is inspired by nature�s playful
interactions altering, changing, and sculpting the surface of these
structures. Her vocabulary of form and surface derive from abstract
manifestations of corrosion, rusting, and fading of industrial materials.
The modeled surfaces express the inevitable passage of time and exposure to
*Scott Brooks�s* (DC) work is figurative. It is accessible and facilitates
communication. It�s an understandable language, and like dance, a narrative
is created without words. The stories told in the infinite number of faces,
gestures, and bodies he sees around him are inspiring and provide him with
an endless supply of source material to work from.
Anatomical distortions emerge at the earliest stages in the process,
separating the figures from the photographic ideal. The abstraction allows
Brooks to get up close and create his own reality. Without the distractions
of perfect anatomy, he explores the figure, shape and light on his own
terms. The distortions he applies to the figures are recognizable, but more
familiar in a different context. Through his work he strives to understand
and create a dialog with the world around him. He presents to the viewer
his interpretations of what he sees and understands as truthful.
*Crystal Cudworth�*s (WI) work denies a photographic or digital translation
as she observes nature using paper, canvas and paint. Interested in the
directness of the hand to brush in creating line, shape, and volume, the
paintings are like a face-to-face conversation with a close friend. The
liquidity of paint corresponds to her touch as she observes nature from an
intimate space. Her paintings highlight the formality of the gallery room
and show how a painting can corrupt it
*Kristin Haas* (IL) creates objects out of recycled latex house paint. Her
works communicate the physical, emotional and psychological language of
painting, while referencing color, design and objecthood.
*John Kowalczyk�s* (WI) work takes itself lightly in material and aesthetic
with its flamboyant color and pageantry, but is sophisticated in that it is
rendered in a style somewhere between folk art and fine art with an
attitude of highbrow kitsch. Decadent stage-like settings are cast with
homemade mythologies. The narrative comes complete with odd humanoid
animals, cryptic symbols, and psychedelic journeys juxtaposed with abstract
patterning and geometric rigor. His work is an energetic orchestration of
thought that collides with color and takes the shape of lifetime�s worth of
lexicons, rational or abstract, to become a physical extension of his
gratitude and joy of creation.
*Garric Simonsen�s* (WA) work engages temporal moments, language, fractured
realities and the curious imagination. Paintings incorporate words and
often reflect on social tropes or shifts in perception, revealing gray
areas between consciousness and memory. An image of trompe l�oeil
periodically challenges the viewer�s perception of real-life and illusion.
He is interested in motif, chance and the idea of pentimento.
Gallery hours are Thursday & Fridays, 5-8pm; Saturdays from 11-3pm and by
Open to the public.
Contact Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or effjayprojekts@... for
further information about this exhibition or inquiries about the artists�
604 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Thursdays + Fridays 5-8pm
or by appointment
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