Fred Gutzeit

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Artist's Statement
The “Ott...”, in the titles of my recent abstract paintings refers to the place that is their source: Otter Falls is a site in the Catskills that I drew and photographed over a period of ten years. While in my studio on the Bowery in 2001, I did a set of ink drawings to interpret my feelings of the site. These black and white brush drawings were the beginning my recent work. Each painting begets the next. The feeling of the original site has become an "abstract" space that has taken on a life of it's own as it develops in each new painting. This moves me from depicting landscape to exploring Nature beyond landscape's visual beauty: green is made of yellow and blue; earth–brown is red and black; light is white (in the spectrum, all the colors). Many of my explorations are improvisations based on nature built with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. In looking way into nature through reading about particle physics, I’ve thought of the quantum world of "wave particle duality", as a way to play the shapes in painting as if I were creating a musical composition. Otter Falls as a place was a kind of “found object” and more recently, another “found object” of my current work is a Calabi-Yau manifold. In reading about "deep nature" (particle physics), I became interested in "String Theory". The latest resolutions of string theory need a Calabi-Yau manifold to contain the fifth through eleventh dimensions. Presently it is an analog for multiple dimensions of meaning in painting space for me. I’m fascinated with ideas of matter and anti-matter and "Supersymmetry", and how these ideas can be referred to in painting. After working for decades with urban found objects, I came to a point where I needed to refresh. "Go back to nature" is the old advice to artists. Working from nature gave me a new connection to painting. Working in watercolor was a medium that I loved and feel is the "essence" of painting–I painted mostly on location at three sites: Giggle...
Comment by: Fred Gutzeit on Tuesday 11/22/11 at 1:51 PM
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