Scott Clugstone: A Dance of Line and Color

Tooth & Nail, 2016, charcoal, pastel, gouache, 21” x 24”

October 1 – November 6, 2016
Opening Reception: October 1, 4 – 6 PM

I have spent periods ensconced in pulling prints, collage making, and constructing artist books, along with lengthy entanglements with drawing. The common thread is a love of work on paper, the wonderful directness and intimate contact with the artist’s hand always excites. The distinct world of abstract drawing is a special challenge. The thrill in it is to locate, suggest, discover and conjure up a realm in which each drawing thrives. A single mark onto paper is the start to this journey, exuding quick turns of phrase, exuberant line and forms, whirls, deep scratches, flux and movement. Most often my materials are combinations of pencil, charcoal, pastel, gouache or watercolor. I seek to enable spontaneous responses to sound, light, objects found in life, impressions of the day. I focus on rhythmicizing the picture surface. I employ dashes, slashes, lines first clear – then soft, and exudations of charged color,  always color as an energy source. Close at hand is my love of music and drama — ah, tension! I am strongly interested in contrast, depth, and undulating shapes. I will often introduce nimble diagrams, organicals, and non-specific gizmos which reflect the turns and tumbles encountered when seeking the elusive realm, fleshly made, where the drawing will thrive. The exuding color and  tumbles and gizmos are key to reaching a rhythmic whole which is undulating — animated — radiating.

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