Dinora Felske Justice
Add It All Up, Then Simplify
October 10 – November 7, 2004
Felske Justice’s new oil paintings take her process of landscape
painting to a new level of conception. In the current exhibit,
Ms. Justice reveals her process of simplification, alluded to in
the title of the exhibit, and presents us with a totally new idea – a
landscape in the minimalist style paired with a painting that is
words: “Landscape painting is a process of simplification – one
cannot possibly paint everything one sees. The eye organizes, edits,
contrasts, simplifies. Taking this process one step further, and
reversing its order, my series of “sibling” paintings” creates
a visual interplay of this aspect of landscape painting."
Eye of the Needle
Starting with the process of handling the painting materials – canvas,
stretchers, groun – I create a “gesture” on and with the canvas.
This gesture becomes the anchor and the common denominator of two inter-related
paintings, on which I work simultaneously. The result may seem, at first sight,
two very different paintings in style: one looks like a traditional landscape,
the other looks like a minimalist composition – but their strong common
bond reveals itself upon closer scrutiny. This inter-relatedness and connectedness,
despite apparent differences, is a point of great interest to me, something I
look for in art as well as in life.
If one thinks of Landscape Painting as the manipulation and organization
of space, the line of thought that has brought me to my current work appears
logical, yet my approach to painting in general is to strive for an intuitive,
fluid state. Three-dimensional works like “Cathedral,” “An Alteration of
the Physical Landscape – Wrapped Around the Corner” and earlier works
like “42 Points of View,” are examples of my ongoing interest in
the relationship of the viewer with the artwork in space, not to mention the
relationship of people with the natural environment, my subject matter.
In mentioning environment, it is important to note that there is
evidence of the process of “add it all up, then simplify” going on around us
all the time. It is a basic mathematical principle which can be related to things
apparently as diverse as spirituality (Kabbalah is a good example), science and
art (Perspective and the Golden Rectangle come to mind). Art does not exist in
a vacuum, nor does anything else.
process of painting landscapes involves taking it all in, then simplifying.
IN using this process to create interconnected visual experiences,
I envision a new, ever-expanding field of creative exploration which
I hope to investigate more and more throughout my life as an artist.” -
Dinora Felske Justice