REFLECTIONS : CHALI-ROSSO GALLERY PROJECT : VANCOUVER
In Jauary, 2017, a select group of Vancouver-based artists was challenged to create works of art that are directly inspired by any of the masterworks in Chali-Rosso’s gallery collection. This includes original works by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Miro, Chagall, Motherwell, Hirst, Lichtenstein, Warhol and many others.nThe contemporary works were exhibited next to their inspirational works by the Masters. This exciting project aims to illustrate how relevant the art of the Modern Masters continues to be and how their influence can still be felt in the contemporary art of today. In addition to the academic value, the goal of the exhibition is to gain a visual experience about how art is continual and successive.
“Troy was the establishment and we were the Greeks laying siege to the citadel” - Robert Motherwell
Motherwell’s desire and ability to tap into raw, emotional energy inspires me. Using pure imagination as his weapon, he laid siege to traditional, European painting by letting impulse rather than ready-made ideas guide him. Motherwell employed psychic automatism, or free association to arrive at truth and authenticity which he considered to be the root of postwar American painting in New York.My responses to Motherwell’s lithograph, “Untitled II”, are a reaction to the essence of his work; his use of black and white to express life and death, being and non-being. As an abstract painter, I am challenged and elated by my attempts to paint raw, emotional experiences. By stripping my work to its essentials and by allowing myself to work fluidly, without judgement in the initial stages of my process, I am able to reach a different level of creative consciousness. Inevitably, reduction and correction happen. I consider “Alternate Ending I and III” to be declarations of both hope and despair. In keeping with Motherwell’s emphasis on the struggle of painting, I am relying on black and white to fight for supremacy in a personal narrative about the painting process itself. This body of work is the “residue” of my own epic battle with authenticity.