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Slant Step

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This painting was shown at the Nelson Gallery in Davis CA in a group show of contemporary artists responding to the Slant Step. The Slant Step was a mysterious object that William Wiley and Bruce Naumann found in a thrift store. Here is a link to the review of the exhibition: https://www.squarecylinder.com/2012/07/flatlanders-on-the-slant-uc-davis-nelson-gallery/

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Chunbum Park
Chunbum Park Artist

September 09, 2022

There is quite a lot of things going on this abstract painting. There is fragmentation of memory in regards to places, the quality of light, the texture of the buildings and the surfaces, and the rich and sometimes sensuous experiences represented by the thick and abstract colors and brush strokes. It follows the lessons of non-centered-ness of Abstract Expressionism, almost poetic quality that is found in lyrical abstraction, and California bay painters style of colors and buildup of form. And then the vertical and horizontal lines that are fleeting provide a sense of orientation and direction in this mind boggling puzzle of a map of your experiences and ideas. There are both warm and cool colors, but they shine with clarity and towards warmth, mostly. The cool colors are there but only if they exist to cool down the overall warm temperature of the painting. It's as if Judith Linhares (overall warm color palette, and blocky brush strokes) combined with Richard Diebenkorn (abstract expressionism and cool overall color palette) and had a child. This would be the painting.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

September 16, 2022

Chunbum Park, it really is amazing how the cooler tones do not even register as such. As you point out, they work in perfect harmony with the warmer hues, culminating in a wonderfully balanced and kaleidoscopic composition. I'm so glad you bring up Diebenkorn. His work did not initially spring to mind, but I now see the influences of his cool deep palette. To me, Gina's work always recalls Mitchell in her prime, but the introduction of Diebenkorn sheds fresh light on this beautiful painting.

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Gina Werfel
Gina Werfel Creator

September 16, 2022

Hi John and Chunbum, Thanks to you both for your insights and appreciation of this painting. This is one of the more geometric, grid-like works I've made. What would happen pictorially if I repeated the image of the Slant Step throughout the painting? Thanks again!

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Chunbum Park
Chunbum Park Artist

September 16, 2022

Could you elaborate on what you mean by repeating the image of the Slant Step throughout the painting (which is the Slant Step)? Or are you talking about a new, bigger painting?

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Gina Werfel
Gina Werfel Creator

September 16, 2022

The article that I included in the original description explains the Slant Step and illustrates it. I took that image and repeated it throughout the painting, altering its color and its interaction with the spaces around each image.

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Chunbum Park
Chunbum Park Artist

September 16, 2022

Ohhh I need to read that article! Thank you for pointing this out.

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Gina Werfel
Gina Werfel Creator

September 16, 2022

You are welcome. I don't usually reveal if there are any representational elements in my work, but the Slant Step was an iconic found object. The curator of the exhibition asked contemporary artists to respond.

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Gina Werfel
Gina Werfel Creator

September 10, 2022

Love your description of the pairing of Linhares and Diebenkorn with this painting!!

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Gina Werfel
Creator
Category
Abstract, Abstraction
Type
Painting - Unframed
Materials
Acrylic, Canvas
Dimensions
48.00 inches wide
48.00 inches tall
2.00 inches deep
Weight
10.00 lbs
Location
Davis, CA, US
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