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1st Friday with guest artist Mark Echtner
March 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join me in welcoming my guest artist of the month, Mark Echtner!
Mark Echtner Artist’s Statement
“For me, this series of work represents a shift from an anatomical rendering of the figure and a move toward more abstraction of the human form and the spaces they occupy.
The process for these paintings begins with an under-painting that is either an old painting turned upside down or, if one is not available beginning with random shapes and colors and then working the imagery over that. As the painting evolves I embrace the oddity of the original gesture rather than correcting the proportion and refining the form. The random shapes from the underpainting influence the design in ways I can’t plan and must respond to intuitively as I go. Ultimately these shapes and movements are used to create the abstracted order of the final image.
Initially this series was particularly influenced by looking at the early work of De Kooning and his use of line and color in the 1940’s. German Expressionism for its bold darkness and Fauvism for its colorful exuberance have also played a role. As the series evolved the previous works in it began to inspire the next.
Originally planned as studies in figurative abstraction, with solitary figures broken down into line and shape, it quickly became clear that the paintings were taking on quiet narratives of our daily social interactions that brought content to the series as a whole.”
*The studio is located at the intersection of N. Keowee, Webster, and Ewing Streets. Parking is available on Ewing Street on the southside of the building and in the parking lot on the north side of the building. Please park between the fence and the two-story building.*