posted by Ian Summers on February 23rd, 2013
I have been busy with several projects I want to share with you.
The first is an exhibition of my artwork
created during the past few years in the Lehigh Valley of PA.
Expressions of Easton
A solo show opens on First Friday, March 1st between 6 and 9 pm
and continues through March 31st
And you are invited.
I will be presenting an artist’s talk at 7 PM entitled
Where Do Ideas Come From?
Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the
25 West Third Street, Bethlehem PA
Out the Window
62″ X 72″
Enamel and Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Copyright 2009 Ian Summers
A talk and demonstration based upon a series called
including over fifty finger paintings created on an iPad.
To be presented at the Olympus Digital Imaging Lab
at Artsquest’s Banana Factory
First Friday Celebration
May 3rd from 6 – 9 PM EST
Conjured Face 179
Copyright 2013 Ian Summers
Viewers only think they recognize the subjects of these iPad finger paintings. I don’t. Likenesses are not intentional. However, humans are pattern recognizers. We are hard wired to make associations with abstractions. Perhaps it has something to do with fight or flight reflexes. It is natural to make the strange familiar. It keeps us safe.
Creating conjured faces comes naturally to me. Making portraits does not. i struggle with likenesses. Yet viewers associate these conjurings with people they know. When creating these images, I often begin with the nose. While it is not in my consciousness at that phase of the process, i think my internal synthesizer begins to put shapes together craving to take what starts out strange and to make it familiar. The process is very fluid meaning there really isn’t any conscious thought until the subject reveals itself.
This is the opposite of the ways I usually work. My approach has usually been about taking the familiar and making it strange.