Piece of the Story, featuring the work of Geoff Ault

"Marchen II" by Geoff Ault.  Archival digital print.  Currently on display with other works by the artist as part of the Annual Holiday Art Show at Results Gym, 315 G Street, SE, Washington, DC

“Marchen II” by Geoff Ault. Archival digital print. Currently on display with other works by the artist as part of the Annual Holiday Art Show at Results Gym, 315 G Street, SE, Washington, DC

Piece of the Story, featuring the work of Geoff Ault

Ed. Larry Janezich

Geoff Ault – As children we are told what not to do.  Don’t touch that, it’s hot.  Don’t eat that, it’s dirty.  Don’t swallow your gum, don’t play with matches.  Don’t run with scissors.

In the art world, often we are told that we shouldn’t paint with acrylics because oils are better.  In photography, we should use film instead of digital cameras.  Often artists are admonished that we should stick to the tried and true methods.  To a certain point this is true.  One must walk before he or she can run.  The basics of composition, technique and color are important in creating art in all forms.

At some point the artist must take a creative leap and forget the rules; run with the scissors this time and see what happens.   I like to twist the composition, play with color and try out new ways of creating images.   It is painting to the extent in that I use brushes, layering and blending.  The only difference is that I have a canvas and brush that are electronic, not physical.  This allows me to create work that can have various textures, colors that can be subtle or vibrant.  It also allows me to alter images to the point that they are unrecognizable from the original image.  

Some images begin as film photographs taken with toy cameras that produce blurry, dreamlike images.  I scan the negative into the computer and what is usually a black and white image of something rather mundane can become a colorful abstraction.  Other images are created from objects placed on a flatbed scanner and digitally manipulated to produce distorted, unrecognizable images.   A flower can become a landscape; a piece of slashed mat board becomes a seascape.  The possibilities are endless. 

Originally from the Chicago area, I moved to Washington in 1957.  I studied art at Western High School in Georgetown with Leon Berkowitz, a Washington Color Field School artist and teacher.  Later I attended classes at the Corcoran School of Art where I studied photography with Mark Power.   More of my work can be viewed at my website http://www.apres-image.com

Ed. – capitolhillcorner.org feature “Piece of the Story” presents an image of a work by a local artist and a paragraph written by the artist explaining how the piece tells the story of the artist’s recent work.  If you are interested in contributing, please submit an image and 200-300 words, including any biographical info and any venue where your work can be viewed, as well as contact information to: ljjanezich@hotmail.com

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