ChainLinkFences by Fred Gutzeit

ChainLinkFences

Let it pour out-be free, be creative. Is creativity "Art?" I felt the "Art Canon" of the time was setting "Limits." There's an elegance to the wire looping making the chain link-it's the opposite of esthetic/decorative. It represents a limit to work within, to live within. Think: Robert Frost: "Good fences make good neighbors..." This idea for me morphed into thinking: a canvas (support) is a limit-in painting. You work within the frame. You used to think of the frame as a window. I wanted to think of the frame/stretched canvas as a "screen," like a movie screen on which action, feeling, thought is projected. The ideas and feelings of the painter bounced off the canvas to the viewer, as the viewer projected and bounced their reactions off of the canvas. My representation of this was to do a series of paintings with sets of framing lines at the edges of the picture plane. The "framing lines" symbolized multiple projections onto the canvas to create the image/painting.

    • Large Chain Link - Black and White

    • 1969, Oil on Canvas
    • 84 x 108 inches
    • Chain Link - Orange

    • 1969, Oil on Canvas
    • 48 x 36 inches
    • Chain Link - Black and White

    • 1969, Oil on Canvas
    • 48 x 36 inches

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