Introducing ANDREW WAPINSKI
First Thursday, January 3, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 3 – 26, 2019
In his Pacific Northwest debut, artist Andrew Wapinski presents a collection of new work rooted in the complex narratives surrounding man’s interaction with the environment, particularly in the historic coal mining town in which he grew up. In Wapinski’s paintings, organic forms evoke the geologic processes of accretion and erosion while the horizon line speaks to humanity’s insistent imposition of its will on the natural world. The effect is a graceful meditation effortlessly fusing the physicality of material with conceptual abstraction.
Well versed in art conservation, Wapinski has developed a process that is in itself a meditation on materiality. By melting blocks of pigmented ice, Wapinski allows elemental forms to emerge as water moves across the canvas. He then adds layers of gesso, sanding the gesso and ice melt and repeating the process until the layers build upon themselves to create an intimate balance between movement and stillness. It is at once an echo of natural sedimentary evolution and of the cycle of reclamation enacted in places affected by strip mining and other methods of extraction.
Andrew Wapinski received his BFA in Painting from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and an MFA in Painting from The University of Delaware. His work is held in public and private collections across the country, and has been featured in New American Paintings, The Washington Post, and other publications. Andrew Wapinski lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wapinski