02 February, 2009

Art Market Monday

Turquoise Forest
13" x 9"
Original Pastel
Casey Klahn
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The audience at The Colorist has increased recently, and I'd like to take this chance to introduce my art. The following brief describes the abstract foundation of my work.

Gesture and intuition combine in my abstract art. Intuition, not intention. Color choices are simply not derived from nature, but from internal sources.

"Automatism" is an old term that could be applied here. Drawing for drawing's sake, without idea or content. Color has it's own intrinsic purposes and reasons - ideas of it's own.

Am I controlled by my medium? Perhaps, but no more than most.

What are my ideas? To express color as the dominant element in the formal qualities in painting. Color can be the strongest element, and I think that in this age we have yet to plumb it's complete depths. No content; no meaning. No subject, other than red and blue. Yellow, green...these are my subjects.

With a hat tip to Joanne Mattera for the title idea. She is running a great series entitled Marketing Mondays, which is of interest especially to artists who market their art in today's economy.


Jala Pfaff said...

So beautiful--so abstract, and yet the forest comes through as forest.

jafabrit said...

Nice idea about marketing mondays.

Casey Klahn said...

Jala and Corrine - thanks for the comments!

Anita said...

I just found your blog - delicious colours. I'll be back!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Anita!

loriann signori said...

Please tell me more about color as the formal element- how do you begin a piece? What happens first? I am guessing that the next color stroke is a response to the first...but what provokes the first?
Do you have an idea about the forest or does that come later?
Sorry for all the questions.
I love the blues in this piece and the vibration that happens between the two sides. Nice.

MadSilence said...

Hmmm, Turquoise Forest reminds me of a recent find at a used book sale. Let me quote from the "Layman's Guide to modern Art" published in 1949.

"The average person sees only the surface appearances of his environment. The artist, however, senses the forces that underlie it. He has been obliged to adapt a new way of painting with which to visualize it...to express something [he] conceive[s] but cannot see."

Casey Klahn said...


I like the Modernist's (esp. Fauvist) palette of primary and secondary colors. Browns are ruled out.

So, I just feel moved by one of these colors first, and sometimes I think of a compliment, or of an analogous color next and then I respond for the next colors.

I try very hard to keep the number of colors limited.

Right now, I am still interested in blues.

Casey Klahn said...

MS - agreed. Except that by now, more of the public see this vision, eh?

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Casey, just wanted to let you know that today I've posted something about my still-life setup, if you're still interested in reading about that.

Anonymous said...

LOVE these colors, Casey!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Meg. Jala, thanks - I checked it out.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Casey
Nice work.
I do like the vibrancy and feel of depth here.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks Trevor and all regarding this work. The photo is a little dark, but the point comes across.

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