“Making a Mark”, Through Feb. 22nd

Making a Mark Headline Photos from the Show                                                                          The Details
The History of drawing and painting began with someone making a mark. The cave man found something to make a mark on the wall to record the season for hunting. The artist at the easel is first making a mark. It may be a drawn mark with a pencil, pen or pastel or painted with watercolor, acrylic or oil paint. The need is the same through history, the artist records his or her moment either looking at something or letting the mind search through ideas. The Marks reveal an idea for others to see and share. The time spent by the artist making a mark is important to viewers in history as someone will always be able to respond to the marks that were made.

Dan Dickman makes marks outdoors with watercolors. The Plein Air watercolors are expressions of the area he sees made with marks of a brush. The placement of the marks maps the area and the shapes develop as the marks create form. The viewer sees objects like trees, buildings, mountains and skies all by the painted marks. His studio work, carving into insulation, uses marks to take away areas that suggest objects and movement. The combination of take away and then painting of the surface brings the idea to life as forms carved and paint by marks.

Dina Djabieva begins the drawing process with pen or pencil creating the idea, and continues with ink to the final image. The marks create the shapes that make the relationship of ideas and recognizable objects. Once the idea is found through the marks, the playful relationships lead the mind on an adventure. Where the marks will go, nobody knows, but the fact of making a mark knows, that there will always be a next, and that is the beauty of the adventure.

Ron Libbrecht finds the making marks outdoors in the landscape to be a free way to create an expression of both the place and exploration with the materials. The making a mark becomes an automatic way to paint no hesitation, just a response and an action. The idea is the paint and the image, but when the marks are finished the completed work represents the place in paint. The process is taken further in the studio work, making marks with an automatic painting and drawing process. The studio marks respond to the action of one material and then the next media develops the surface using transparent and opaque qualities of the media.

The Making a Mark Exhibit presents an idea of the process of each individual artist in their own environment creating their artwork. Each artist presents an image to the viewer to see, respond, and continue to contemplate the image presented by the marks. The mark making process is the first need by everyone to relate an idea and will continue as long as one person needs to communicate to another.

The purpose of this exhibit is to share ideas that were made by a mark.

APC Fine Arts Gallery
Curator

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