Featured Artist Mark Pflughoeft
Matching Pitch II, 24’x 36”, Acrylic on paper, by Mark Pflughoeft
Most people would intellectually agree that the past no longer exists and the future has not yet arrived, so the only place we can rightfully place our focus is in the present moment. And that’s the truth, end of story!
And we wish that really was the end of the story. The fact is that few people live by that knowledge, and most of us have little conscious understanding concerning our relationship to time. The truth is that most of us are greatly invested in our past successes and failures. And we project the resulting emotions from our personal history into an imagined future realm through our goals and expectations. Doing this we divert huge amounts of energy that might more properly belong to our present moment.
In the present moment lives a silent enlightenment. This present moment can be an unhurried, non-aggressive flow of Being, and a heavenly state of celebration where no ‘shoulds’ exist. Here, we can find actual freedom and become a part of All That Is.
Borrowing the visual theme of 1950’s Abstract Expressionist painter Barnett Newman, my paintings are depicting my constantly evolving view of time. Along with my interpretation of the present moment, I am recognizing the personal story I create about my past experience, and how (continued on page 4) I project this personal saga into my imagined future. This philosophical study is the theme of my current artwork.
My painting straddles several media. I front-paint canvas and paper but of late I’ve perfered solid wood surfaces. I have also back-painted clear plexiglas panels for the past several years. For these I apply paint transparently, blending colors, wet on wet. I then etch the wet paint with hand-made scaping tools or a crackling solution to open the painted surface or make it clear. Behind the transparently painted acrylic panels I apply a layer of collage using painted paper, canvas, vellum, mylar or even holographic prints. These overlays create an illusion of depth that sets off both the forms and colors.
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