Thursday, March 31, 2011
This is a comparison between the original painting and the new one where you can see the differences are quite apparent. My process allows the paintings to remain mailable and open to change as all of the layers and various elements can evolve and transform. This is what I love about painting in this way.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Michael Kessler will open "New Works" at Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon on Thursday April 7th. This exhibition brings together a group on new paintings produced in 2011 which are characterized by large diaphanous fields of color that are activated by organic linear structures that have been visually and physically woven into a matrix or grid-like structure which consist of thick slabs of paint. These organic linear structures are overlapped and punctuated by dendritic growth patterns that suggest the bending of time and space. All of these visual elements as well as the color combinations have been carefully extracted from Nature over time through prolonged observation and then reconstructed and orchestrated to transmit the dynamics of the Natural World. In this work disperate and often unrelated visual aspects merge to create a unique visual experience that moves toward harmony and balance.
This is the first piece in a new series of works on a diaphanous grey ground where layers of transparent and translucent neutrals are washed over one another to achieve a rich and complex atmospheric space into which curvilinear structures and dendritic growth patterns are juxtaposed and overlapped to suggest the bending of space and time.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
This is a group of 9 panels most measuring 80"x 12" installed on a large wall positioned where a stairway enters the room. The piece can be viewed in it's entirety from most points in the room including while one ascends or descends the stairway.