Wednesday, November 07, 2012

ON WALDEN POND at Rudolph Blume Fine Art | ArtScan Gallery

Swell Now
Martin Amorous
 
ModernHouston.net repost of my article in October 2012.

I think artists can relate to Henry David Thoreau's book Walden, because many of work alone, keeping records of our work, and musing on great and small ideas. So, Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ArtScan Gallery presents a show around this theme and the artists' response to Thoreau's "Walden".

Tudor Mitroi’s work has the flavor of a political map with distant measurements, and an area shapes referencing rivers and artificially drawn straight boarders. Mitroi is what I like to call, a meaningful minimalist, or someone that make reference to objects, concepts and ideas that go beyond pure geometry, color, and design. The solid color of blue, in “Mission 18 ue,” seems to fill the space with a civilized order. It is easy to imagine that the camouflage area is really just a planned park for a city. Mitroi brings order to the wild spaces, so you get a human constructed garden space, rather than a wild retreat. Walden Pond has been corned off and assigned a plot. Just look at Google Map of Walden and you can see how development has encroached on the pond.

Seth Mittag’s work “Pospectors” has constructed a scene of a bus, trees, dirt, with the back scene of a landscape. It looks to be a set for Claymation film. The satellite dish on top of the yellow school bus with no wheels is wonderful rural Americana. I have seen buses converted into homes in both rural West Texas and western Kentucky, so I am sure somewhere in Massachusetts sits a bus in much the same condition as Mittag’s scene. I can imagine today’s Thoreau parking his bus and taking the wheels off with his own two hands and writing about how cathartic the experience was. He might even write about his neighbors filling complaints to authorities about his squatting and maybe spending a night in jail for refusing to move.

You enter a constructed forest with Joanne Brigham’s installation. I feel I need to visit this work again to fully appreciate the diverse objects, because it feels like an event took place here, but I haven’t fully sorted out what took place. Martin Amorous’ painting “Swell Now” is dark, with a great implied movement through the use of drips. It would seem that Thoreau might have related to the shear isolation this image invokes. The forest seems foreboding and powerful as does the wind that seems to sweep across the image.

As the organizer of the show, Volker told me, this is a weird show; I can see how each artist related well with the theme. But that is the great thing about Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ ArtScan Gallery; they are successful presenting offbeat shows. “On Walden Pond” will be up until October 27th.

ModernHouston.net for more images.

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