Omega Skylight Time Lapse

After working on Omega for three years, I got pretty familiar with seeing the painting in my skylit Brooklyn studio. So when the time to ship the painting out for it’s first showing came, I felt a little anxiety about how it would read in a different space, with different lighting, and to different eyes.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve felt this way. One of the things that helps me quiet this feeling of uncertainty is good documentation. Usually this means taking the best photos I can afford of the artwork. But photographing Omega was challenging, both because of it’s size, and because of how much some very subtle changes in near black tones contribute to the drawing and meaning of the image. On top of that, every documentation photograph is a compromise on the way a painting is experienced in real life. Especially when seen under living, breathing natural light.

As an experiment, I decided to try video to document this painting.

Of my several attempts, this time lapse recording of the painting hanging in the studio on a October day comes closest to communicating how I felt about seeing the painting there. The flickering light in the video comes from fall clouds passing overhead. Seeing the video is obviously still not the same as visiting the painting in real life. But for me it is a nice reminder of what having the painting in the studio was like.

Art on the Walls

I’m collecting photos of my paintings installed in all the wonderful places they live, along with some photos of how they’ve been displayed temporarily for shows or photoshoots. You can browse the individual artworks in my portfolio that have been updated with installation photos using the tag: #onthewall

If you’ve got a photo of one of my paintings in it’s spot at your place (or would like one taken), send me an email at randall@sloweye.net. Let’s add it to this collection!

Here’s a gallery of a few of these installation photos of my artwork in (mostly) contemporary interiors:

Art and artifacts

Ishamel by Randall Stoltzfus Install with Tibetan Hunting Tapestry
Ishmael installed alongside a collection of masks and a Tibetan hunting tapestry

My painting Ishmael now hangs alongside a powerful private collection of ethnic textiles and and ceremonial headgear from all over the world.

For me, the gathering of objects in this room resonates with the original religious use of the name Ishmael. In that use Ishmael was the son of Abraham and also a patriarch of Islam– in some way a bridge in the genealogy of several of the worlds great cultures. So it’s fun for me to see the painting resonating with these artifacts from very different places.

Particularly exciting for me is the Tibetan hunting tapestry that hangs nearby. I’ve long been working to make paintings that are true to the material fact of their textile underpinnings somehow. While it is difficult to say what success with that particular concern would be, I find the way the two large images work together encouraging.

Small Prints, Domesticated

I love these photos of your small postcard prints in your own homes. The 5 by 7 inch size does make them fit in anywhere. And it is so cool to see them framed! But that is totally optional.

Got a photo of your print In your own home? Send it!

You can buy all of these prints in the Studio Shop

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