30 Artists, February 2017
February 3, 5-8pm
Matthew Cornell, David Eichenberg, George Ayers, Brett Scheiflee, Mary Ellen Johnson, Erik Johnson, Robert Lange, Kerry Simmons, Matt Bober, Adam Vinson, Diane Davich Craig, Susan Harrell, Anthony Waichulis, Christopher Stott, Joshua Suda, Simon Hennessey , JB Boyd, Harriet White, Tony Chimento, Matt Story, Eric Wert, Kamalky Laureano, Katie Miller, Jason De Graaf, Nadine Robbins, Corey Popp, Kevin Palme, Tom Martin, Ethan Diehl
Attention to Detail features the work of 30 world-renown realist painters with an emphasis on time-orientated works.
Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Attention to Detail, features the work of 30 world-renown realist painters with an emphasis on time-orientated works. Robert Lange says of the exhibit, "I have had the desire for many years now to see what happens when you collect some of the strongest realist, photorealist and hyperrealist painters you know of and ask them to participate in an exhibit with a single piece of art."
Attention to Detail is comprised of artists who find themselves on one end of the spectrum when it comes to rendering capability. These artists are obsessive in their practices, often employing small brushes and time as their greatest assets. All are welcome to attend the February 3rd event from 6–9PM where a collection of participating artists will be on hand to answer questions.
Lange said, "Most paintings, when observed from only a few inches away, the viewer is able to observe and dissect the creative process. Once they are close enough, the viewer can see individual brushstrokes and remnants of the underpainting." The artists in this exhibit offer the viewer a different experience. No matter how close you get to the surface of the painting, the brushwork remains as tight and clean as possible, often employing surgical like precision.
In the painting Oranges and Stripes by Spanish painter Jesus Navarro, there is an impeccably rendered pair of oranges placed on a piece of tinfoil. The oranges and tinfoil sit atop a sateen black and white striped section of fabric. Any one of the elements in the painting look daunting to render for the artist but the combination of all three exude an overwhelming sense of time spent painting. As with many of the paintings in the exhibit, the work required to execute the painting is obvious, as is the feeling that there is no shortcuts in producing a work of this caliber.
“We looked for artists who utilized this labor-intensive art form to create works that are uniquely theirs”, says Lange. When picturing a photorealistic painting, one may conjure up an image involving reflective materials or a mirrored window in an urban street scene. Instead, with artists like David Eichenberg, we find a tattooed purple-haired adolescent staring at the viewer with every violet strand of hair being rendered by a twenty-zero brush.
Another unique painting comes from gallery owner and artist Robert Lange. In his 24” x 36” piece Lange has rendered the interior of the newly renovated Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC. Reminiscent of a Saenredam painting, every cornice, doorway and section of molding is meticulously cared for. However, instead of the somber rendering of a grand interior we find a 12 foot tall silver back gorilla levitating in the center of the room. Lange says of the work, “There is a sense of automatic reverence felt when we walk through the doors of a great museum. Every nook and cranny is somehow considered and important. I wanted to make a painting that elevated our dwindling focus on the natural world to that level of prestige.”
One collector’s comment in anticipation for the upcoming show, “There is something awe inspiring and humbling about standing in front of a piece of art that consists of hundreds of hours of someone’s hard work and effort.” Aras Duncan from South Bend, IN
Artists participating include: Matthew Cornell, David Eichenberg, George Ayers, Brett Scheiflee, Mary Ellen Johnson, Erik Johnson, Robert Lange, Kerry Simmons, Matt Bober, Adam Vinson, Diane Davich Craig, Susan Harrell, Anthony Waichulis, Christopher Stott, Joshua Suda, Simon Hennessey , JB Boyd, Harriet White, Tony Chimento, Matt Story, Eric Wert, Kamalky Laureano, Katie Miller, Jason De Graaf, Nadine Robbins, Corey Popp, Kevin Palme, Tom Martin, Ethan Diehl.