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Current Exhibitions opening July 8, 5-8pm:

Augustina Droze: Arrangements

Carl Linstrum: Landmark


Exhibitions on view through August 30, 2016

Augustina Droze is an artist working in both the public sphere and private studio. Using materials ranging from paint and plush to cast polymer, her studio work illustrates the beauty and spectacle of death. In her oil paintings she orchestrates highly decorative arrangements of deceased and sometimes preserved natural organisms, photographs the scenes and then reproduces them in painted form. In this series of work, Augustina used animals including frogs, rats and rabbits along with a variety of insect species. From afar the paintings create abstracted forms resembling Buddhist Mandalas, spirals and flowers. However upon closer inspection the viewer sees the fragile forms which make up the designs,The resulting paintings walk a delicate balance of repulsion and beauty, mesmerizing the viewer through shock and natural beauty.

Carl Linstrum is an Atlanta artist who's encaustic paintings function as meditations on the natural environment and our psychological connection to nature. In this body of work, Linstum contemplates the idea of the landmark. Says Linstrum "I see the concept of landmark as a structure used as a point of orientation in locating other structures; an event or development that marks a turning point or stage. These paintings investigate the moment when something clicks. Being lost in thought, drifting through life, wandering through the woods. At some point, things become coherent, recognized, familiar. This is the transition from being lost to becoming found. These paintings mark that point of recognition, where even the seemingly random and insignificant can reveal the next path.







Gallery Spotlight: Encaustic Painting at Addington Gallery

Excerpted from Chicago Art News

I asked Dan Addington if I could write about his gallery in my own words based on a number of conversations we’ve had. Addington features a number of artists who who explore a unique relationship between image and process oriented painting, including the medium of encaustic. It’s fun talking to Dan about encaustic art because he’s passionate about the medium and the way each artist uses it differently.

Let's step back and start with the basics of encaustic painting. Point one, it’s ancient, dating back to the 4th century BC.

And point two: painting with wax is very hard to do, it’s hard to control, and you have to work fast because wax goes from molten-lava-hot to dried candle wax in about 10 seconds. And like other mediums in which it’s difficult to master the basics, when a medium like this grows in popularity, a lot of the practitioners get lost in the technique, they become “Encaustic Painters” rather than artists who have to be working with Encaustic materials. And with this popularity, classes follow, which evolve into academic studies and before you know it…. there are a whole lot of rules.

Dan Addington is, himself, an encaustic painter – and he’s been doing it a long time, before it got trendy. In turn, he’s a fan of Howard Hersh, Mark Perlman and others who have been doing it even longer than him, before the schools and the hobbyists got their hands on it. Before the rules were written. So Addington’s aesthetic, and Encaustic posse could possibly be defined in that way: pre convention.

Addington builds his paintings up layer by layer, drawing on and gouging into the surface, adding oil paint, tar, fabric and other odd materials into the mix, which gives the work a very textural feel.

Now, Howard Hersh, who was featured in a recent exhibit and is represented by the gallery, is also pre-rules, yet he has a completely different approach, and balances the geometric with the inherent chaos of encaustic.

So how to tell the Encaustic painters from the artists who work with wax? Addington gravitates to work that has a conceptual level to it, artists who are going for a specific idea, and not just expressing their feelings through random splashes of color.

As Addington pointed out, “Encaustic has a visual archaeology that exists in each piece. Because you can see the translucent layers, it opens the door to the process. With much painting, the top surface is often the only surface the viewer can access. With encaustic, you can dig down through the layers and see the history…”






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