On Thursday, July 23th the work of the featured artist David Hornung was displayed in the main galleries.
David Hornung: Paintings
There are three artists within the carriage house: Chris Bertholf, Philip Douglas Heilman, and Lucy Reitzfeld in addition to a continuously changing group show of gallery sculptors on the first floor.
The Mysterious Landscape
Philip Douglas Heilman
"I want to invent something that I've never seen before...paint what lay behind or before me in life. Academic statements make me suspicious. I've always felt a dual polarity in the cause for academic discussion vs. just getting on with the work at hand. Stanley Kubrick, when asked about what the meaning of his film 2001: A Space Odyssey said (and I paraphrase):"They are the areas I prefer not to discuss, because they are highly subjective and will differ from viewer to viewer. In this sense, it becomes anything the viewer sees in it. If it stirs the emotions and penetrates the subconscious of the viewer, if it stimulates, however inchoately, yearnings and impulses, then it has succeeded".
Maybe I'm reaching just a bit. But the suspicious statement surely has roots in my training and background. One of my college instructors, painter Fred Mitchell, told me that if I wanted to teach, "...stay in college and get a higher degree. But if you want to paint" he said, "go to New York and open a studio and paint". I knew that I wanted to paint. So after college I headed to New York (West Haven Connecticut actually, but close enough having moved up from Baton Rouge. The move to New York City came eight years later). In his poem/treatise 'Arrivederci Mondernisimo': Carter Ratcliff said (again I paraphrase) "Arrivederci at last Modernisimo, dear--I was a young man in a hurry then, and I noticed that the history we were making had gotten into a funny habit of passing us by... I wanted to catch up. I wanted to be more myself". Academic; but real insightful. Duality indeed.I set out to be 'more myself'. I spent 15 years learning craft & discipline. Like all seekers of truth, all "artists" I had to investigate the enormous force of history that I deeply felt and embrace or discard the various art-isms in order to find the well spring of my own vision. But through the sidetracks and diversions a voice in my head told me to paint what lay right in front of me. 'If you can't find it in your own backyard you'll never find it'; another piece of sage advice from a former college instructor (a much more "Bookish" one). All those hundreds of bad paintings contained kernels of individual thought; pure invention, willful independence, forward progress. 'One must weed out the garden before the flowers can blossom'. I don't know who said that. I just like it.
"Lucy Reitzfeld introduces a series of small oil paintings devoted to observations from windows of her SoHo loft. Completed over the course of several seasons, the series began as "studies" for larger works. Over time the artist began to delight in the small scale and decided not to transpose the works to a larger format. The smaller and often odd shaped panels provided great possibilities for studying patterns of shape and color. As the light and seasons change, patterns of shapes take on different hues. Reitzfeld is always searching for the meaning of color and light. Light is made of color. Color describes light and color describes form. Her paintings function as a cumulative response to the observed world. Certain elements appear and reappear and take on an iconographic character. The imposing Trump building with its orange passenger elevator, the water towers across Mercer Street, the small spots of distant buildings in the North view.
"I do not set out to make a picture of anything. The fact that a painting might actually look like something is always a surprise to me.
It is the unconscious gathering of sensations that builds a painting."