Fourth week of June
Painting by Tony Breuer
Tony Breuer works primarily with acrylic and oil on canvas depicting recognizable images warped to more closely approximate their actual appearance in space time. His work is conceptual, semi-abstract, grounded in and concerned with the nature of reality, energy and matter, space and time. Born in Venezuela, the son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, he moved to different countries every three years. This gave him a broad perspective on life, people, cultures, and the world. His training in molecular neurobiology and neurology suggest a certain fascination with things complex and a work ethic and persistence required for mastery. An MFA graduate, he considers art vastly more complex and an avenue into deeper truths not constrained by logic. Space time is always curved, nothing is still, and how things really look, what they are really like, from this perspective is decidedly different from their everyday appearance. Feeling, visualizing, and thinking about these issues is one thing, rendering the outcome of this process in two dimensions is another. The latter, a different way of seeing, is what his painting is about.
Third week of June
Here and Now by Donna Jean Jawrunner
This abstract sculpture made by casting aluminum is a beautiful example of capturing movement and expression. Although the figure is not as obvious or isn’t an exact replication of the human form, it is apparent that the figure is potentially skipping or dancing in a jovial manner expressing her joy. Maybe she’s received amazing news and can’t help but to dance! What do you think?
Second week of June
Sculpture by Eric Thiele
Thiele attended East Carolina University where he received his MFA in wood design, studying under Terry Smith. He currently lives in Western NC. Four Stringed Escargot is constructed of refurbished hardwood from buildings around Greenville. Thiele’s work in wood is dominated by musical instruments, many of them over sized. The time consuming details he has lavished on Four Stringed Escargot makes it a work of art as well as a piece for music making.
First week of June
June by David Kapp
David Kapp (1953- ) received his BFA from Windham College in 1974 and his MFA from Queens College in 1977. He has been painting in NYC, its roadways, pedestrians, and vehicles for nearly thirty years. Influenced by the Bay Area Figurative School and the New York realists and utilizing the thick gestural brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists, Kapp walks the line between abstraction and representation. Although Kapp begin his study of New York with nocturnal scenes realized with an emitted palate, he moved to diurnal views in the early 1990’s. As evidenced in “June”, the move to diurnal painting also involved a marked change in palette: rich, luscious, saturated colors. Kapp would lend vibrancy to his paintings with a bright under-painting. This composition made in the center of intersections, and beginning in the 1980’s, photographs. Although capturing a glimpse of speed and movement in city life, Kapp’s paintings do not tell stories, but record movements. “I think what a painting is is possibilities, when you’re painting, how can many different directions can something go? It’s like a light or motion or a speed. It’s maintaining things that are ambiguous, resolving a beautiful state of ambiguity.”