Delightfully Challenging

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The rich blue and gold of Stoltzfus’ large, painted abstractions draw viewers into the gallery. These glimmering works — some actually made with gold and palladium leaf — represent the modernist tradition. Indeed, like Kandinsky and Rothko before him, Stoltzfus seeks to represent through form and color the immaterial essence of pure spirit. In “Scarab,” he depicts a subtle luminosity emerging  from a dense network of blacks. In “After,” the glow is more assertive, and suggests the final blast of a fireworks display, its image reflected out across the surface of a dark lake. Each composition is built through a laborious process of painting one circle after another until the entire surface of the canvas has been encrusted with the repeated pattern. Some may find Stoltzfus’ repetition of a single form cold or mechanical, perhaps at odds with the artist’s larger goal; others may liken its repetitive logic to chanting or prayer.

— Patricia Briggs, The Chautauquan Daily

The Next Chapter: Work by Five Chautauqua School of Art Alumni

I have several paintings in this group exhibit at Chautauqua Instutution’s Strohl Art Center. I spent two formative summers at the School of Art at Chautauqua, one studying with Stanley Lewis and a then a second as an employee. The place and the amazing teachers and peers I met while there made those two summers high points in my journey to becoming a professional artist. It is an honor to be included in this exhibition.

June 26 – August 22

Reception: Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00pm

Strohl Art Center
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY 14722
art@ciweb.org
(716)357-6460

The painting Seagate on view at Chautauqua's Stroll Center
The painting Seagate on view at Chautauqua’s Strohl Center

From the VACI website:

VACI has been the starting point for hundreds of now established artists. Generally we meet them for one brief summer as they start out, but what happens next? This exhibition of works by five alumni from the Chautauqua School of Art, who have gone on to successful careers as artists begins to answer that question.

Sightline Time-lapse Animation

Five months of hand-painted circles on an eight foot canvas are compressed into these two minutes. I made this video as a diy instant replay for myself, hoping to learn something that will make me a better painter. The resulting clip is fascinating for several dramatic changes to the painting and the many layers of paint it reveals.

Here is a link to Photographs of the finished piece installed and more about the painting.

Music is a Library of Congress field recording:
Title: Devil’s dream
Contributor Names:
Mann, Thomas (performing on hammered dulcimer)
Cowell, Sidney Robertson (collector)
Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
Created / Published: 1937.