Thursday, June 3, 2010

Trew Schriefer


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  2. Trew Schriefer @
    213 N Morgan, #3C
    Chicago, IL 60607

  3. "Experienced states of reverie in ordinary circumstances of life are the impetus for this current body of work. The imagery and marks contained in Schriefer’s paintings are extracted from moments of awareness that he sees and absorbs in the world around him. The environment is his starting point and guides him towards making particular formal decisions in the paintings. Schriefer’s states of reverie involve an experience of suspension—suspension in time and suspension from his surrounding space, ultimately evoking similar states of suspension in his paintings for the viewer. In addition, his work investigates process and materials, and the result of a set of procedures, through both intuition and reason, in which the method and order of construction can be interpreted from the material surface. "

    Press Release

  4. This one raises the question of how a painting relates to its surroundings: does it become a self-contained world which we must accept and go within, or does it ask us to consider the wall around it and "our" actual space as part of the viewing experience?

    Open space left on the canvas seems to create an internal conceptual space which draws the viewer into the painting, while a more densely painted work (less open surface) would become an object on the wall, making the viewer more aware of the wall, the room, the actual physical context.

    I think this artist is going for the conceptual slant, but the last sentence of the press release conflicts with that. Calling attention to process and materials, order of construction and material surface somehow works against the separate world within the confines of the canvas.