Friday, November 27, 2009
Untitled by Georg Zuter, acrylic on linen, 8x8"
Floating by Joyce Pommer, acrylic, marbled papers, leaf on wood, 8x8"
Living Things by Joyce Pommer, acrylic, fabric, ribbons, string on wood, 8x8"
705 Fulmer Avenue
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Joyce Pommer and Georg Zuter
December 5 – January 29
Artist’s reception: Saturday, December 5, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Georg Zuter and Joyce Pommer use bold, intensely contrasting colors. Except for colors, their inspirations, working processes and historical linkage are very different.
Georg Zuter was born in a small German village and trained at the Berlin Academy of Art. Zuter’s paintings are composed of precise hard-edge, uniformly colored shapes. He pre-plans and draws the contours of straight and curved shapes onto his canvas. He then paints while carefully staying within the lines of the shapes that he has drawn. Attention is also given to painting a perfectly flat uniform surface without any evidence of brushstrokes – a fete that is not easy. Zuter’s shapes and the precision of his work are remindful of geometry and architecture. They allude to the paintings of American precisionists such as Charles Scheeler, Stuart Davis and Rawlston Crawford.
Joyce Pommer was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and studied at the Art Institute of Boston, the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and the Art Students League of New York. In contrast to Zuter, Pommer does not begin with preconceived plans. Her approach is improvisational, and her nature-inspired abstractions are freely moving. She occasionally introduces flatly painted areas to provide open relief and contrast to areas with clusters of smaller shapes. Sometimes fabrics or other materials are incorporated into her painting. Areas of the paintings are frequently open and atmospheric. Free paint handling combined with a flexible approach enable Pommer to take advantage of interesting so-called “accidents” that occur while painting. Pommer says that placing different colors next to one another presents a new direction and movement within the painting. “I see something different- a new path or a deeper space.” Pommer’s intuitive approach and trust in feelings relates to historical art such as Kandinsky’s improvisation paintings and also the American abstract expressionists’ paintings of the 1950’s.
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