Paint & Process: Scott Mossman and Raúl Ortiz
July 28 - September 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 5-8PM at the Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor, Chicago, IL (312.922.8080)
Studio partners for over 25 years, painters Mossman and Ortiz share a love of color and surface but embrace startlingly different paths to picture-making.
Ortiz explores painting by way of process – building up layers of pigment, random mark-making, overlapping shapes, textures, light, scale, incorporating manipulated images of photographs taken on walks during travels and around town, and the use of heightened-color interactions that are derived from the tradition of abstraction. Spontaneity plays a key role in reinterpreting/reframing and updating the landscape with a contrasting contemporary twist.
Intrigued with the history and formal concerns of painting Mossman maps out a work from the get-go with images taken from his large collection of vintage picturesque postcards, examples of objects representing various cultures and styles he has photographed at museums he's visited and strategically positions them in an illusionistic background to define and expand the space within the canvas. Through the interaction of these elements and strategies, he hopes to inspire a visual dialogue about how a painting can function physically as well as historically.