’s recent work sees a departure from his lush figurative abstracts to simpler graphic compositions of urban skyscapes. Mostly monochromatic, these paintings add a new dimension to a familiar, yet mostly ignored landscape.
Robert Beckmann has been creating art his entire life. His recent paintings explore new materials and procedures while grappling with questions such as: How does the microcosm mirror the macrocosm? When does a simplification of empirical reality become abstract? How do we find a balance between order and chance and, acknowledging that our consciousness is fragmented (by our pace and media disjunction), how can we become whole again and possibly heal our world?
Beckmann’s work has been exhibited throughout the world; from New York to Russia, Miami to Canada, San Francisco and Japan. He has completed over 250 mural projects nationwide, including the Shakespeare portrait on the Bard’s Inn here in Ashland. His work adorns numerous hotels and casinos in Las Vegas as well as the “D” gates in McCarran International Airport. His last public commission — six, large-scale (7’ x 12’) murals of the world’s most economically important plants — was installed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC in 2005.
Opening reception August 3rd
Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller works in an organic way — mirroring the materials she employs such as silk, oxidized metal and felt. Her progression as an artist has involved a variety of over-lapping disciplines: design, painting, collage, fiber and installation. In recent years her art has evolved into sculptural forms.
Recently featured at SOU’s Schneider Museum, Wishnetsky-Mueller creates unique forms of metal and fiber that express the paradox of simultaneous opposition and unification, resulting in work that is both personal and global — rooted in consciousness and the mystery of nature.