Studio partners for over 25 years, painters Ortiz and Mossman share a love of color and surface but embrace startlingly different paths to picture making.
Ortiz explores painting by way of process – building up layers of pigment, random mark-making, overlapping shapes, textures, light, scale, incorporating manipulated photocopies of photographs taken on walks during travels and around town, and the use of heightened-color interactions that are derived from the tradition of abstraction. Spontaneity plays a key role in reinterpreting/reframing and updating the landscape with a contrasting contemporary twist.
Intrigued with the history and formal concerns of painting Mossman maps out a work from the get-go with images taken from his large collection of vintage picturesque postcards, examples of objects representing various cultures and styles he has photographed at museums he’s visited and strategically positions them in an illusionistic background to define and expand the space within the canvas. Through the interaction of these elements and strategies he hopes to inspire a visual dialogue about how a painting can function physically as well as historically.
www.artslant.com – raul ortiz
www.artslant.com – scott mossman