Gage Opdenbrouw - Garland of Hours: Working with the Passage of Time (Online); Tuesdays, November 15-December 13, 2022

Date: Tuesdays, November 15-December 13, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30PM Pacific Time (1:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:30PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: All paint mediums

For many years, I have explored found photographs, especially family photographs, as source material for paintings.  These images of families are ultimately meditations on time, love, loss, mortality, and the delicacy of the fleetingness of our lives.

These paintings are often destroyed, rubbed out, painted over, and effaced repeatedly in the course of making them—the process of painting is much like the ravages of time and distance, which are embedded in the source material…of knowing only a part of the story, the fragmentary nature of any image.  We will embrace and explore an interpretive painting process, and an open ended engagement with just how much is enough to create feeling through abstraction, deconstruction, and painted surface.  Risk taking and destruction will be encouraged.  Revision, and aggressive editing and repainting will be encouraged.

Emphasis will be on finding meaningful expression through paint and abstraction, and how that quality relates in terms of feeling to the image revealed or concealed.

“A deep thematic thread runs through all of my work, it’s a ‘vanitas’ sort of message, to take the time to be present, to notice the magic of noticing, the richness of what’s right in front of us. I think that there is something radical in making work that is intimate in scale and quiet in its content and its aims–it strikes me as a tonic, an antidote, for our times, which are increasingly dehumanized, and in which people are living lives that are increasingly disembodied, mediated by a screen, and constantly stimulated. My art is about connecting with this world, this moment, as it is, as deeply as possible.”

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.