Gerald Peters Gallery Contemporary

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Evan Feldman


Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 5 – 7 PM

Much of my recent work has made use of triangles. I’ve been particularly interested in equilateral triangles as both shapes and symbols, their symmetry and pointedness convey strength and dynamism in ways that rectangles don’t. I am also now drawing circles. Circles can be sliced into angles, but their angle-less perimeter is complete. A shape made from a single line. Similar to equilateral triangles, circles hold a unique visual power. They are familiar and functional, but also expansive. The cosmos is a system of infinite circles, spheres and ellipses. These systems rotate on a black stage. The dark carbon black charcoal I use reinforces this void and absorbs light, making marks that can also be spaces.

My work emerges from a subtle haze of thoughts, images, feelings, notions and connections. These elements make up an ‘ether’ that nourishes my creativity in unexpected ways and sometimes manifests sincere and soulful works.

My wall drawing is currently forming between the points below:

  1. The enso (“circle”) is the emblem of Zen Buddhism. A simple circle drawn with a single, broad brushstroke, it is a symbol of infinity, and represents the infinite void, the “no-thing”, the perfect meditative state, and Satori (enlightenment.)
  2. The Earth orbits the Sun every 365 days…It is at its farthest distance (94,500,000 miles) from the Sun at Aphelion on July 5th and closest (91,400,000 miles) at Perihelion January 4th. This means the ‘elliptical’ nature of the orbit is so slight as to be imperceivable to the human eye if drawn on a small scale, and would appear instead to be a circle.

The Earth’s axis is tilted at 23.5 degrees. As it leans toward or away from the Sun during orbit changing exposure on the Northern and Southern hemispheres causes the shifting seasons and demarcates the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.

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