Ten day painting study of European design in Vienna, Austria.
I have the opportunity to travel to Vienna, Austria this summer July 18-27, 2011. The focus of my trip will be to document the modern design collections of the former Imperial City of Europe. People familiar with my art understand the theme modern design plays in my paintings. Vienna has two amazing design museums, the Imperial Warehouse and the MAK- Museum of Applied Arts. I would use this opportunity to paint a series of 12 12"x 12" studies in a Vienna studio that would be worked into larger 48"x 48" paintings in my studio. The completed paintings will be part of an exhibition next year at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
As I conclude my graduate studies in June, I wish to explore the themes of objects and design further. This trip will give a new dimension, European Modernism, as a new area of research. My current artist's statement will illustrate further the aspects of design that play out in the work.
In the past my work was centered on visual relationships utilizing representational interior spaces and still life objects. Painting oil on canvas, the work has been expressive, exaggerated and high color. My interest is to create conversations through surrogates of inanimate objects such as modern furniture, lamps and vases.
These themes of relationships are still important to me but the work has become more abstract and less representational. My graduate studies have made me more conscience of marks, trace and the painting as an object. The mark making has expanded from oil paint to collage, frisket and spray paint. Contrasting brush marks that show the hand of the artist against marks that do not, exaggerates the figure/ground relationship in my paintings. The abstraction forces the viewer to fill in the incomplete information through traces of objects left behind. Mimicking the design process of the objects that inspire me, I design not only the composition but also the construction of the painting support it is painted on.
Wood, plastic and metal that play an important role in modern design are utilized and implied in the work. Painting has always dealt with reality in a two dimensional way. I am interested in playing with this duality of what is real and what is artificial. Through the use of faux wood grain on actual wood panels and real light against painted light are two examples of this play on reality. These are issues that painters have struggled with throughout history.
In 1989 I traveled Europe for a summer, painting in southern France, then traveling to Italy, Germany, Belgium and the UK. That experience changed my perspective on the world and my creative process. I hope to kickstart a new chapter in my work and am seeking $3500 to cover the creation of this European Design Painting series.
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I would like to reward donors with artwork from Vienna study: $25 donations receive a Pfleghaar designed t-shirt $50 donations receive a set of Pfleghaar art cards $100-$249 donations receive 12" x 12" signed giclee print $250-$499 donations receive original 12" x 12" study painting on board $500-$1000 donations receive original 24" x 24" painting on board $3000-$4000 donations receive 1st choice of completed 48" x 48" painting on board
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