Five Seasons Studio; by
appointment through March 23.
Dave Voelpel exhibits a wide selection
of abstract paintings and mixed media art at Five Seasons Studio
located in the Circle City Industrial Complex. Voelpel, who described
himself as a contractor by day and artist by night and weekend, has
moved into abstraction after working in the realm of traditional
landscape painting, particularly watercolor painting. His strongest
works on view were made in plein air and expressively interpret the
landscape through thick and varied acrylic paint applications.
“Abstraction 14,” made with
quick energetic marks of grays and greens from a palette knife,
intrigues with a chartreuse lichen-like form on the left center edge.
Paint slips over the canvas to create a sagging, dripping purple sky
in “Abstraction 17” and an enticing rhythm emerges with
balanced color. “Abstraction 19” has a lavish indigo sky
that intersects with lighter grays and raised, horizontal marks
resembling rock ridges.
Voelpel revealed that the piece had an
underpainting that formed the textures. The richness of this layering
method works, but is lacking in other examples. There is unevenness
to the show as numerous pieces, notably the collages, are
underdeveloped. What the exhibition needs is editing and definition
to really showcase the most evocative art.