Object/Window/Both/Neither XI Painting by Aili Schmeltz

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Painting: Acrylic, Airbrush, Paint on Canvas.

The most current body of work, Object/Window/Both/Neither, developed as I was renovating a jackrabbit homesteader cabin in the high desert,
painting the interior walls a pure glowing white, an effect that pops the landscape through the large windows forward spatially, becoming the
object, the walls in turn recede to backdrop. This is an eye game that I have played since I was a kid, letting my vision slip into figure/ground
obscurity. The pieces in the series I consider to be both sculptures and paintings, windows and objects. I wander the desert often, watching the
light flatten and then sculpt the shapes. The land and plants continually shape shift, form and erode, erase and reconfigure. The paint is applied
to the canvas covered panels to emphasize the contrast of viscosity, so that the extreme difference of super glossy to ultra matte color vibrate off
of one another to create a moiré effect as you walk around the work, emphasizing the per formative object-hood of viewing sculpture.
The shapes in the ‘paintings’ are abstractions based on the view of the mesas, the wash, the rugged lines of earth to sky, out of the windows
as I worked. The palette is of the sky at different times of the day, dawn and dusk primarily; the preliminary sketches for the pieces are shapes
cut out of paper creating a shaped frame, then photographed by isolating a small portion of the sky within that window. The technique is very
elemental, stripping the sky of its context, a direct reference to James Turrel’s Skyscapes. The ‘sculptures’ are constructed as to frame the sky at
particular times of the year (solstice or equinox) or day (dawn or dusk) in order for the sculptural object itself to recede and the negative space
to advance.



Object/Window/Both/Neither XI

Aili Schmeltz

United States


Size: 24 W x 24 H x 2 in

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