Gage Opdenbrouw - Plow it Under: Aggressively Revising your Paintings (Online); Tuesdays, January 10-February 7, 2023

Date: Tuesdays, January 10-February 7, 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

By subjecting our paintings to editing and revision, even deep into the process of a long term painting, we maintain an ability to keep our work fresh and exciting—a form is more meaningful the 3rd time you have scraped out or repainted it, more essential, more pared down.  Are you willing to move structural beams after the walls are up and the roof is on?  Editing by removal and change, restatement,  is critical to the qualities we describe as freshness, or depth…How does one stay IN THE PAINT, and awake to what evolves through abstraction and impulsive changes driven by the painting process and the evolution of the paint itself?  The challenge is to make paint carry feeling, and we will take a deep look at the risks that search entails.  They can’t be faked.

We will ask these questions through a series of exercises in looking via drawing and painting, , and of course, by looking at the greats:  Auerbach, DeKooning, Giacometti, Deibenkorn and more modern painters, as well as contemporary painters working in a similar or related way…class will include live demonstrations each session, and will be recorded.

“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.