Sunday, May 26, 2013
Work by Norbert Schwontkowski (date and title unknown)
As a visual person, and as someone who makes images, I'm always looking for those images that speak to me. Schwontkowski's did just that. He does what I do: combines paint that isn't precise with images that tell a story. His figures are made with paint, mine with bits and pieces of the photos I've taken through my life. I love the simplicity of his stories. Often they are kind of goofy. He has images with flying saucers and people doing odd things--a man sitting with his feet in a bucket, a woman pushing a shopping cart with lots of white stuff in it. His colors are muted and grayed out, what my students would call "Ugly Colors". But mostly his work has a melancholy and a sadness that is very attractive to me. When I look at Schwontkowski's work, I feel as if I have stepped into his dreams, and they are as clear and as honest as they can be. It's a difficult thing to do the kind of work he does--so much gets in the way. But seeing his work reminds of what I need to know and helps to keep me moving forward with the same honesty and clarity. Thank you Norbert Schwontkowski.