Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, markers, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Hibiscus

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

SOLD

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Line Frenzy

Media: Watercolor, Acrylic, Matt  Medium Transfer, and ink on watercolor paper.

Size: 28″ x 40″

 

Title: Linear Light

Media: Watercolor, and white and black charcoal on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: “What’s inside the clock tower?”

Media: Watercolor and charcoal on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: “And Grey Flies Over the Field of Color”

Media: Watercolor, graphite, charcoal and ink on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: “Line of Thought”

Media: Watercolor, graphite, and ink  on watercolor paper.

Size: 32″ x 40″

 

Thanks for looking!

Much much more to come!

Sincerely,

Stephen

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

SOLD

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Untitled

Media: Watercolor, ink, and salt on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: Line Frenzy

Media: Watercolor, Acrylic, Matt  Medium Transfer, and ink on watercolor paper.

Size: 28″ x 40″

 

Title: Linear Light

Media: Watercolor, and white and black charcoal on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: “What’s inside the clock tower?”

Media: Watercolor and charcoal on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: “And Grey Flies Over the Field of Color”

Media: Watercolor, graphite, charcoal and ink on watercolor paper.

Size: 22″ x 30″

 

Title: “Line of Thought”

Media: Watercolor, graphite, and ink  on watercolor paper.

Size: 32″ x 40″

 

Thanks for looking!

Much much mroe to come!

Sincerely,

Stephen

it has been awhile…

Dear readers, I apologize for the lengthy absence. I have been hard at work in art and have much to upload and talk about. This coming week will be filled with the catching up of the last year or so.

Thank you for reading!

My visit to the Jerald Melberg Gallery

Jerald Melberg Gallery

Charlotte, NC

On Friday October 29th, 2010 I was greeted in the gallery by Janet Wall who had generously pulled out over 10 original Rutenberg pieces for me in advance.  She walked me to the private viewing room and after a brief introduction of myself and why I was there, she proceeded to tell me about her experiences with Brian and his art.  She came from the art business point of view and had some interesting insights, but when talking about going to Brian’s New York Studio, she said she couldn’t wait to get out. “I don’t like to get dirty” she said and from the various pictures and videos I have seen of Brian’s studio I get the feeling it gets pretty filled with paint, as it should, paint that could cover any person who may slip or trip and fall in the wrong direction.

After an hour or so of conversation, Janet introduced me to a man named Chris Clamp.  He is an artist and alumni from Winthrop University who discussed Brian’s work from an artist’s point of view.  He answered as many questions as he could and spared nothing, when something new came up in conversation he would go to the back and pull out yet another of Brian’s pieces.  I got to see a number of his large works on linen, some of his medium sized works on canvas and paper, and then later even some of his monoprints that he made during his time at the “Atelier” program.  The interesting thing about his prints is that he didn’t leave any the way they were.  He made each one individual by adding an additional layer of paint to each print to make each unique.

I was able to sit down after talking with Chris for over an hour and just look at all the paintings sitting out before me and around me on the walls and on the floor and I was truthfully elated and felt as though it couldn’t be true.  I was glad I dressed up for the meeting, I thought to myself with a grin.

After flipping through the Galleries copy of the book Brian Rutenberg; a book that is currently sold out almost everywhere and out of print to boot, and after taking ten and a half pages of notes in my sketch book, I got up to walk around the gallery to see what else I could pack into my time there.  I saw a number of beautiful pieces, but nothing quite compares in my opinion and aesthetic to Brian’s pieces filled with an abundance of rich color.

Before leaving I introduced myself to the receptionist who had arrived after I did, thanked her for allowing me to visit, and headed on my way with a smile and a boost of motivation and passion about making art.

 

First piece of art criticism

On Pamela Winegard’s opening at Winthrop University. November 8, 2010.

In all actuality the atmosphere created by the lighting, and intense effort to hang the work in the best way possible create a powerful sense of…  reverence.  I use this word because of the weightlessness of the works on paper and even the two more recent triptychs in the room on the left.  Each piece glows with a halo of light, symbolic of a formerly religious reference.  This presentation style contributes to the work, empowering spiritual undertones, more than they would have if hung in a less dramatic way.

“Ash Pit”, 2010 – Encoustic and Mixed Media on Panel.  Ash Pit speaks volumes to my imagination because of the choice of blue and cream relief sculpture behind the window of a hard wire grid cut open.  The faces are anonymous yet different, they are downcast as though they are indwelt by the spirits of some of the victims passed over a half a century ago – sleeping, waking, and then moving on to another resting place leaving the faces soulless once again.

The cumulative work as a whole evolves into a more serene and masked version of itself.  The two triptychs entitled “Gornisht”, 2010 encaustic on panel and “Memory”, 2010 encaustic on panel, differ in execution of line work, but remain consistent in concept.  In my opinion, “Gornisht” is the more successful of the two because the color and shape of the line work cut into the purity and serenity of the white negative space unlike “Memory”.  The blade-like shapes created in “Gornisht” sharply cut, speaking as a metaphor for the process, wherein the artist carves away the top layers of white wax to reveal the under layers of cool blue and green.  The color choice of the blade shapes contrasts the white background not only in value, but in temperature and creates a cold and mysterious mood.

The work is serious.  It is not playful; it does not make light of the issues of the holocaust or the generational witnessing of it.

Her work is now down.  She has since installed “Gornisht” in the MFA show entitled Line at the Loading Dock Gallery in Rock Hill, SC.  Line had its opening last night were myself and others in the program presented our work.

If you are interested in seeing or reading more about Pamela’s art you can visit her website: http://www.pamelawinegard.com/index.html

 

Stephen Lursen

 

It was a good day.

Today, I spent 3 hours at the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC.  I had a wonderful time with some of the most generous people there.  They took the time to take out 10 original paintings on linen, canvas, and paper.  I learned so much all the while jaw dropped by the fantastic art.  I am so impressed by what I have seen and can not keep from internalizing it and am sure that it will change the art I make.

Now I am needing to plan a trip to New York, because they said that if I am going to be in NY, then they would ask for a meeting for me with Brian Rutenberg.  Crossing my fingers and hoping.

Anyway, just wanted to share the good news.

Thanks for joining me!

Stephen

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