Monday, November 06, 2006

david schutter @ kotula projects

"So what, they are just grey paintings." That's what some may think upon entering kotula's space but art isn't always easy and the answers don't always appear without investigation. I was able to speak with schutter, recent grad of chicago university about his recent works. Schutter, thoughtful and inquisitive, used another traditional masterpiece as his starting point to create his atmospheric landscapes. His traditional painting background influenced everything from the subject matter to the oil painting application. Once you start to stare off into the grey paintings you see that they are not truly grey but soft gradients of color and value that make shadowy and dreamscapes. It is like you can almost see the setting sun and mountains off in the distance but you will have to see for yourself!
Here is an example of the traditional influence in schutter's works and a helpful press release: "The subject of this exhibition is the painting Haarlem, from the Northwestern Dunes by 17th Century Dutch Master, Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/29-1682). In a series of muted tonal paintings, the same scale and material as the original work, Schutter formulates not a replication, but a re-creation of the master's work. Like his graphite on mylar drawings, Schutter's enigmatic compositions elicit thoughts about the phenomenology of "historical being."'

drawings - graphite on mylar
From what I gathered from the artist, these drawing occur during the process of painting other works and act as studies for the brush strokes and subtleties within the grey compositions. The drawings, assertive with contrast and swirling, tornado-like lines capture the building block mark-making of the paintings yet are like a ying-yang of the monotoned pieces.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen Schutter's work at Bodybuilder and Sportsman in Chicago and at DAM a few years ago. He was part of a regional art exhibition Aaron Timlin arranged.

Very enjoyable paintings. I'm glad to see that he's hooked up with Paul Kotula. Ann, how was the attendance?

1:55 AM  
Blogger art blogs are fun said...

I went on the early side so there weren't a lot of's hard to tell but usually paul gets a big crowd.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This work is merely reductive. It presents only a sliver of Dutch painting. It falls into the comfortable trap of “referencing” art history in an attempt to escape its own lack of ideas. Why can’t painting of the last hundred years or so encompass the world in its totality as Jacob van Ruisdael and the other great artists of the West did? I suggest it is because there is no longer a world view for artists to aspire to express.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this work= yawnnnn

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can’t...

Did they?

9:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

clipper ship, Gary Cooper, Sonny Liston

5:58 PM  

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