Amy Simon Fine Art, located at 1869 Post Road East, Westport is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, WAX IS HOT!! Selections in Encaustic. The show features
encaustic work by five artists: Binnie Birstein; Jeri Eisenberg; Lynette Haggard; Lisa Pressman
and Charyl Weissbach.
Encaustic is a wax based medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface. It is over 2,000 years old, but has experienced a tremendous revival among many contemporary artists. The process itself is not simple. It involves melting wax, adding pigment, painting and fusing. Painting in encaustic must be done quickly as the molten wax paint begins to harden the moment that it leaves it heat source.
There are many different ways to make encaustic painting. Each of the artists in this exhibition use encaustic differently.
Binnie Birstein’s work is about energy and spatial ambiguity. In many of the works there is a central spiral set against a grid. There are strong physical elements that come from the intensity of layering, cutting in, scraping and manipulating the images with ink, oilstick, pencil and graphite. These tools make marks in the wax fueled by the artist’s motivation. Although these works may incorporate a geometric framework, expressiveness becomes the ultimate driver of the compositions, one mark or layer leading to another and creating sensations of movement, progression and dissonance.
Jeri Eisenberg’s diptych and triptychs are photo-based. Images of nature are captured with oversized pinhole or defocused lens, printed on Japanese Kozo paper, and infused with encaustic medium. The works have a translucency and luminance. They purposefully balance the concrete and the abstract. Ephemeral elements fade in and out of recognizable form.
Lynette Haggard’s work explores material history, sensory perception and reconstructive memory. Beautiful encaustic paintings are built up by layering and reworking
surfaces, then using superimposed lines and grids for excavating. She explores the relationship of color, transparency and opacity. There are multi-layers of energized, sensual surfaces that combine the past and present; alluding to the dimension of time. Haggard’s intent is to connect a place of perception that resonates with the viewer’s sensory perceptions.
Lisa Pressman’s beautiful abstract work is rooted in play, a sense of discovery and a passion for revealing the unknown. Images emerge from the artists’s translation of experiences from the outside world. Motion, energy and balance are key to the work. There is a deliberate dialogue between intentional marks and accidents unfolding.
Charyl Weissbach’s encaustic work uses minimal color, pattern and arboreal-based imagery. She explores nature’s vastness and mysterious allure. Her work is a dialogue between color, resin and pigmented wax. Gold leaf, flowing shapes and ornamental designs are metaphors. The work is elegant, mysterious and beautiful.
WAX IS HOT!! Selections in Encaustic is on view from January 4th through February 16th. There is an opening reception, Friday, January 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 5:30. For information, please call 203-259-1500 or visit the gallery website, www.amysimonfineart.com.