Jun 11, 201304:31 PMLitchfield

Appetite for Abstraction at the Good News Cafe

Jun 11, 2013 - 04:31 PM

Late Sunday afternoon on June 9th, from 3 to 5 PM, Eric Schweitzer's exhibit, "Appetite for Abstraction", had its opening reception at Woodbury's Good News Café and Gallery. The gallery, on the walls of what was named by Zagat one of the "top restaurants in the U.S.", is dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming artists.

Image Courtesy of Eric Schweitzer, Ensnared, 2013, 30" X 40", Mixed Media on Canvas.

Eric, a former Airedale of the United States Navy, now embraces spontaneity, spirituality and abstraction. He refers to himself as mostly "self-taught", despite receiving some formal studio training. As an "action" artist who works in a very loose gestural style, his work is created with no plan or purpose other than a certain reverence for composition. While working, he maintains an open mind; his style seems to allow the painting to show its own intention, which he then reveals. Eric's pieces are "built"; he immediately executes an idea and it develops chronologically through layers. 

"I paint to capture what I feel at that moment and work to manipulate this image further using only principles of composition and spontaneity. I firmly believe that in the act of creating, especially art - one finds themselves closest to a higher power. I am driven to share this spiritual feeling throughout my work, present new ideas and compositions that reveal an immediacy and mood that is continuously dynamic and grows with the viewer. I engage my work, as I wake to each day - clean-slate, fresh, and with an underlying altruistic purpose.

Eric's preferred medium is enamel "house" paint because of its fluidity, but he considers himself a multi-media artist to whom "nothing is off-limits". Some of his larger pieces, which can represent up to a year's worth of work, are covered with layer upon layer of paint. His process, he admits, allows him to share in the universal difficulty of knowing when something is complete.

Schweitzer attributes his painting style to a combination of and contrast between the graffiti he saw as a child on the streets of New York City and his own New England Countryside upbringing.

Image Courtesy of Eric Schweitzer, Diablo Dentro (12-14-2012) 2012, 40" X 30", Acrylic on Canvas. Created the day of the Sandy Hook Tragedy, this piece is currently amongst a traveling group show--"The Newtown Project"--curated by the Millenium Arts Salon for Charles Krause. 

Eric's work will be on display at the café from June 5th through August 5th, 2013. You can find more information about him on his website, http://www.schweitzersart.com/.

The Good News Café and Gallery is located on 694 Main Street South in Woodbury, CT. For more information, please call 203.266.4663 or visit www.good-news-café.com. 

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