October 8, 2012

Jan Holthoff: The Chemical Landscape

Fractured Mountain pigment, acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 31.5 in. 2012

Paintings by Jan Holthoff

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 7PM-11PM
Duration: October 19 - November 25, 2012

Print copies available at the gallery

119 Ingraham Street, Suite 312
Brooklyn NY

"The gesture in paint is a trace of my subjectivity. And this comes together with the subjectivity of my experience of landscape. Experience of landscape, experience of painting. Experience is the key in both cases. But it is really about subjectivity. I don't get images from the Internet, I don't work with film stills. I get all my images from traveling. It's about the value of subjectivity." (Jan Holthoff)

It is as if the paint were a continuous extension of the landscape … by dint of being at odds with it. As if the canvas were merely the residue or the document of a chemical reaction involving landscape and subject. And as in chemistry, the agent and substrate are both part of a single and unitary event, and yet also riven by the differences in their properties.

From the catalog essay by Ethan Pettit
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Flickering pigment, acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 31.5 in. 2012