Reception: June 7, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition: June 7 - July 13, 2014
Milwaukee, WI -- The Green Gallery is proud to present its first solo exhibition by Charles Andresen. The
first of the so-called "throw paintings" were executed
during the artist`s last year at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Spoonfuls of viscous
acrylic were flung at the canvas, producing unforeseen patterns upon
impact. Rather than an exercise in formalism, Andresen saw this
method as an extension of Surrealist automatism and a way of
discovering imagery through the process of painting. From 1992 until
2000 the surface designs were created by drawing fluid lines of color
from squeeze bottles onto pigmented gel resting in a Tupperware
container. This mass was then scooped up from beneath with a putty
knife and deposited onto the horizontally tilted canvas.
lighter colored gel in the tub has been inscribed with darker paint
on plastic utensils or polystyrene letters, which upon hitting the
surface splay out into distorted lines. Through the decades
Andresen`s palette has ranged from black and white through pastel
colors, earth tones, bright prismatic hues, metallic pigments, and
even translucency. Since 2012 he has added the "nocturnes"
composed of light colored lines atop deeper grounds.
twenty five years Mr. Andresen has been employed by the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in Manhattan where he continues to live and work.
Andresen was born in Arizona in 1964. At an early age he was exposed
to the culture, art, and rituals of the region`s Native American
tribes. While still a teenager he became the art critic for Phoenix
New Times, the local weekly newspaper. He moved to Philadelphia
in order to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and
train as a realist oil painter. However,
while on the East Coast in the mid-1980s he became much more excited
by the trends in current painting then being exhibited in New York
City and moved there months after his PAFA graduation in 1988.