Kurre Exhibition at the Eric Fischl Gallery

ihet – july/august 2018 – issue 234

The Eric Fischl Gallery is a great environment for exhibiting and viewing art.  For my exhibition, it’s all new work. Both paintings and objects, so it promises to be a good show.  The opening reception is on Monday evening, September 17th from 5:30-8pm. I’d love to have you join me, so save the date and come see the new work.

Clyfford Still is one of my all-time favorite painters and visiting the Clyfford Still Museum, in Denver, has been on my list. I’d tie myself in knots trying to choose a favorite, but this painting, 1944-N No. 1 would certainly be in the mix.  There’s a boundless volume of color in his paintings, but this black is just fearless.   “Black was never a color of death or terror for me. I think of it as warm – and generative.” Clyfford Still. – To view more of Still’s work – The Clyfford Still Museum 

“Abstraction allows [one] to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes . . . [it] enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. . . . It is an exploration into unknown areas.” This quote by Arshile Gorkey was included with the exhibit and for me captures what all art attempts to achieve. Gorkey’s work bridged the gap between surrealism and abstract expressionism and is considered one of the seminal artists of his time.  For more on Arshile Gorkey visit – The Arshile Gorkey Foundation.

The show at Fischl Gallery has provided the impetus to give my website some much-needed attention.  So rather than just a bit of polish, I decided to do a complete overhaul. Take a look and let me know what you think . . . charleskurre.com

Besides the website revamps, I’ve been putting finishing touches on work for the exhibition. The most recent . . . A layered history of remembrance, a bridge between then an now. Tuning perception to desire’s needs. Deconstructed elementals assembling the kite.

And no, it wouldn’t be Summer without a bit of beach time . . .

Found on the street by my studio, drawn by one of the neighborhood kids. 

 

Thanks for reading.

Charles

Between The Ears

ihet – may/june 2018 – issue #233

In the pantheon of quotes by well know artists, Auguste Rodin’s “You must always work” is one of my favorites. It’s not a warning, promise or path to enlightenment, just a simple directive . . . do what you do and don’t stop. So while I’m not in the studio, I collect the ephemera that influences my work and at the moment, during an early summer road trip, it’s taking pictures of Utah Juniper and rock formations on the Shonto Plateau. Inkjet printed black and white, soaked with water, sun-dried, re-photographed and printed. They come out wrinkled and blurred, with the quality of graphite drawings. Taped above where I paint, they’re ideal studies for the canvasses. The studio is crowded with work in various stages of consideration, impatiently awaiting forward movement rather than sideways dithering. These two ended up next to each other and while I’m not ready to call them a pair, for now . . . an entertaining prospect.

Meanwhile, an apt metaphor for these recent studio efforts, a scene constructed from out-the-window snapshots. Upside down, around and around. Two views-Monument Valley, Arizona.

To wrap it up, A cinematic reminiscence of the valley taken from the porch of Golding’s Trading Post, framed within four Peabody Mine loading towers, Kayenta Arizona.
Thanks for reading.

Charles

 

Back to Black and Other Reflections

ihet – january  2018 – issue 231

Bang, bang, bang . . . twenty seventeen  . . .  it’s done and gone and I’m thinking a quick review is just the ticket.  So this is it . . . a year of paintings and an brief inside look at how the Monuments Series of sculptures came to be.

I like the idea of mixing it up, compare and contrast. The paintings are shown in pairs, partnered up by virtue of the same inexact science that helps drive my creative process. The first image is of a new painting The Sleepwalking Beast (#31), all other paintings are from this year’s posts.

The Monuments have dominated my recent creative output. Beginning as a pleasant byproduct of organizational efforts, they’ve assumed a life of their own. This second grouping of photographs show the early development of the work, from creative play to the first primitive vignette. The subsequent  photographs are reproductions of the background scenery taken from the finished work.  A note on my photographic efforts. I relentlessly document my world in pictures. Besides a simple record of time and energy, these images end up being source material for my work, including the original urban images for the monuments. The landscape image is taken from a paint by number from my collection and the list is from my notebooks. Theses images have been digitally manipulated for this work.

For a closer look at The Monuments click here.  For more on the paintings please go to ithappenseverytuesday.com  click on Archives. Here you’ll find a list of posts from the past years, select a month and year and enjoy.

Thanks for reading.

Charles