at the Gallery at the Blackstone Winery – Gonzales, CA
Sky Over Mountains – Dan Beck 2007 – Pigment Print on title wall of current exhibition
Opening Reception – tomorrow – Saturday June 27, 2009 2 – 4pm
MEDIUM : RARE Exhibition will remain up into the second week in August.
Below is an excerpt from my “Artist Statement”
My preference is for people to not focus as much on how I create art, as how the art appeals to them or affects them. In most cases, the subject matter was chosen because my experience of a place has left me with such a strong impression. I clue in on a few particular aspects of what I am seeing and try to articulate those aspects in a way that translates a feeling and invites further exploration.
The process of creating art using the tools of digital painting is important in a different way. It reveals much of what excites me about art. The computer allows me to overlap translucent gradients of color, and paint in a way I could never have conceived of using conventional painting methods. I can manipulate and change my paintings in ways that continue to remain magical. The language of art is unchanged, but the tools I am using to create it require the time period we are living in.
For me, creating art needs to be fun and meditative – it also requires problem solving and experimentation to make something look the way it is supposed to look. I am always trying to push my abilities and develop new ways of working. I firmly believe there are many ways to get to the right place – and similarly, many meanings are richer than just one.
- Blackstone Winery – it is a beautiful gallery space with enough room for 30 plus paintings in the main gallery – not mentioned on their website – but they deserve credit for continuing to utilize the space with regularly changing high quality exhibits.