Steven Tritt’s new solo exhibition, Immediate Mark, presents two series of artworks created during 2020. Lonely Ocean interviewed Steven Tritt earlier this summer during a virtual visit to his Illinois studio while this work was underway. Let’s take a look at how it all turned out!
First, there is the “Legacy” series of impressive black and white drawings that are the latest evolution of Tritt’s figurative work. Double (above) and Blood and Asphalt (below) are examples of using gestural mark-making to create elegant, spontaneous compositions. These “immediate, emotional gestures” are most often charcoal drawings on translucent Yupo paper, but Tritt incorporated other materials in some of the drawings as well.
The second series is called The Home of the Range. Initially, Tritt used old photos and postcards of slaughtered bison as reference materials, and the artist’s concern about “the harm we do as humans to the landscape, animals, and other people.”
As with the figurative work, these landscapes incorporate gesture drawing to create a dynamic energy. A gorgeous composition in red, yellow, and green, White Flood is a painting on canvas that also incorporates charcoal and graphite for mark-making.
Expressing isolation, alienation, guilt, humor, beauty/ugliness, and the human condition, my work reflects the country and the world we live in.Steven Tritt
In Sea to Shining Sea and Star-Spangled Landscape, Tritt links his themes to the American experience of nationhood with title and imagery. Sea to Shining Sea is a vividly colored abstraction whose form is reminiscent of a map of the United States.
Star-Spangled Landscape, on the other hand, is a collage in more subdued colors made with US flag material with latex, acrylic, and pastel layered over it.
Check out Immediate Mark by Steven Tritt, the exhibit runs until January 16th, 2021. Exclusively online at Artsy.net and curated by Rebecca George, CEO/Curator, The Art House Gallery.
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