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October 4 – November 10, 2013
Friday October 4th, 6-8pm
About the Artist:
Erik Sandberg-Diment is a Connecticut-based artist who paints from a place of free flowing emotion. His unusual technique and bold color choices represent sentimental moments in an abstract, visceral way. His unique and playful way of applying the paint, using only gravity as his brush, is achieved by dropping the medium onto the canvas and moving it back and forth.
Early on Erik developed the idea that he wanted nothing to touch the canvas, not a brush, not a knife, not his fingers, only the paint itself; an emotion that has stayed with him all these years. “Surface tension adds electricity to the forming image as I pour the paint, drop the paint from various instruments, spray the paint — anything to keep the fluids moving. I use the canvas to help gravity form the image, twisting and turning the frame, or swishing the fluxing forms as if I were panning for gold. The earth itself helps pull the paints into forms that I am trying to visualize…the whole process fills me with an incredible, immediate sense of freedom.”
Erik Sandberg-Diment studied under James Gwynne at The College of Wooster in Ohio in the late 1960’s. Shortly after, he stopped painting to support his family and became a writer and columnist for The New York Times as well as producing numerous books and writing countless articles for other magazines.