April 2 – April 26, 2015
Plein Air Painting on Mars (detail)
Holy Bolle, 2014
14.5″h x 12.5″w
kiln-fired paint and photo decal on glass, mirror, wood frame
10,000 marks the milestone of days Richard Amend and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend have been living together and working side-by-side. While both artists utilize very different mediums and approaches to their art, there is a shared focus on details and parts that make the whole.
The paintings of Richard Amend, both visually arresting and mysterious, investigate nuanced details of nature, architecture, and illumination. The stillness and clarity of perceptual exercise evolve into singular, psychological moments in time and space. Accordingly, rather than processing things and places into his pictures, Amend makes deliberate formal choices-for a particular motif or for a discrete detail of a larger image. His pictorial decisions reveal a preoccupation with specific structures; the curves and lines of shadows, or the passageway and pause between actual physical experience.
In her Luxury Glass series, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend’s works on and about glass — both simple and lavish — evoke design motifs typically found in the history of decorative arts and craft. Conceptually, there is irony in painting her subject on window glass such that one glass function (normal and everyday) references another (exclusive and bourgeois). Visually, her pieces, whether on glass, mirror, or paper, create a reflection, or transparency, that dazzles the eye.