WaldmanArts: Jon Fischer/Andrzej Michael Karwacki/Beth Davila Waldman - Room 224
Jon Fischer: My work removes information from images and reconstructs them with entirely new physical properties using screen-printing. With the assistance of scanners, digital cameras, and inkjet printers, images captured from virtually any source and format can be readily developed and exposed on screens. The screen print proceeds using tactile techniques such as cutting, pasting, layering, and masking: techniques that have been largely replaced by abstractions serving as their digital equivalents. As the digital era generates a visual landscape that is increasingly populated by ephemeral images repeating with little permanent presence–three colors of light on flat panels–Fischer thinks of his work as a claim on the power of images: pictures that are inseparable from their physical presence.
Andrzej Michael Karwacki: My work strives to find balance between western and eastern concepts through the duality of the identity of man with the way I perceive the role of man within the cosmos. My paintings extend beyond the individual to intentionally embrace nature as inclusive of man and art. With each work, there is a push and pull that develops in my paintings, one color, image, text, or textile at a time. Each step is an inspiration for the next. My composition develops freely allowing my paintings to form from the depths of the creative process. The essence of each work carries its own unique direction. My evolving series of abstract paintings are cosmocentric, interpreting man and art as an integral part of nature. These concepts are based on Buddhist philosophy and work with an intention of equanimity that is neither a thought nor an emotion. In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkh, upekṣh) is one of the four immeasurables. It is considered the steady conscious realization of reality's transience. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being.
Beth Davila Waldman: Like so many thoughts or memories of place, my paintings are constructed from montage of imagery. The fractured quality of the work, resulting from digitally deconstructed photographs and thick layers of paint, creates an interlude between the images speak to the way we experience and register life visually and mentally. Just as we move from one fleeting moment to the next, my paintings use multiple perspectives to tell the story of a place compound time. Large abstract textured planes are juxtaposed with layers of realism to bring about another level of focus and guide the eye to travel in and out of various dimensions in the painting. For almost four decades now, I have been setting up camp around the world. I work with what is revealed by site and the fingerprints I impart always with the help of strangers. My art considers site, community, material and experience using architectural language and materials from or inspired by imaginary & actual sites. The paintings presented to you are reconstructed urban landscapes inspired initially by a 2010 trip to my maternal homeland Arequipa, Peru and a 2014 trip to Mexico. Since, trips to "The Motherland" Greece, The Dominican Republic, & Brazil have served as new building blocks for my paintings.
For more information about Jon Fischer, please visit his website.
For more information about Andrzej Michael Karwacki, please visit his website.
For more information about Beth Davila Waldman, please visit her website.