FJKluth Art Gallery
Water St. Ste. I
Kent OH 44240-2423
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- FJKluth Art Gallery
- 300 N. Water St. Ste. I
- Kent OH 44240-2423
- 10-6 except Sunday 2-6
Black and White
Large Acrylics by Frederick John Kluth
Pollen, Pills, and Potatoes
An Exhibit of Paintings in Black and White.
Acrylics on Canvas by Frederick John Kluth
- October 26 to December 31, 2005
- Open Space Art Gallery
- 612 N. Mantua St.
- Kent OH 44240-2026
- Wed – Sat noon-6 pm
There are a number of reasons why paintings in black and white are desirable.
- Both black and white are very stable colors and will not fade.
- Many persons with impaired vision can appreciate black and white images
that they can perceive more easily.
- The polar opposite colors represent many polar opposites in our
environment. In Kent there is an extreme separation between the town and
the university culture. In each case there is fragmentation by interest
area that keeps people from communicating about art and culture. People
meet at the bars where the goal is to forget about culture.
- The black may represent death and despair. Art can help here when programs
and facilities are available. White represents hope and light.
The history of painting in black and white goes back to cave painting.
Later ink on paper carried this contrast. Ink can be brushed on or applied
with a pen. It can also be printed. Painting with acrylic is somewhat
different but it owes to these media of the past. Both the ancient Chinese and
the Printers of the Renaissance have their contribution. The flexible
brush of the Chinese provides the expression while printed reproductions are the
ultimate goal. The resulting images are very graphic but cannot be read as
text. But they can stimulate thoughts. These are not necessarily monochrome
but are supplied with color by the imagination. In this way the viewer
participates in the creativity.
Mr. Kluth uses what is called automatic drawing to enhance the creativity
of the pieces. First he draws randomly a number of sketches. He then
analyzes the drawings for meaningfulness and originality content. He then
incorporates the contents of one or more drawings in a painting. What
results are very graphic images that are easy to interpret in a number of ways.
The paintings that result can be a very large 5′ by 8′. These are painted
on unsupported canvas that has been stretched and sized with gesso on the floor.
Black acrylic is painted with a Chinese calligraphy brush. These pieces are not
often the final image. A woodcut is made of images that would seem to work in
in that medium.
Often the images have no model or reference. Sometimes they are totally
abstract. Sometimes they are abstract arrangements with imbedded symbols.
Some have a realist perspective. One is one of those infamous pictures of
Mr Kluth’s that is taken from a doll diorama.
There is an aspect of Zen painting in this exhibit. Calligraphy is very
important to the Chinese and Japanese cultures that include Zen. The Zen
masters realized they could paint images in the same way that the
characters were formed. And they also realized they could incorporate
this process into the meditation technique. In the meditation process after
the mind has removed its focus on outside stimuli a creative state is achieved
where images flow more freely. If a brush is in hand the images produced can
be very creative. This is similar to the technique that Mr. Kluth uses to do
his sketches. The painting technique is similar but it has as its focus the
previously created sketches.
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