Artist Profile: Fred Gutzeit
After working for decades with urban found objects, I came to a point where I needed to refresh. “Go back to nature” is the old advice to artists. Otter Falls is a site in the Catskills that I painted and photographed over a period of ten years. In a way it was a found object. While on the Bowery in 2001, I did a set of ink drawings to interpret my feelings of the site. These black and white brush drawings were the beginning of my current patterned work. The feeling of the original site become an “abstract” space that took on a life of it’s own. This moves me from depicting landscape to exploring Nature beyond landscape’s visual beauty: green is made of yellow and blue; earth–brown is red and black; light is white (in the spectrum, all the colors). My explorations are improvisations based on nature built with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue –pushed to black and white expressing vibrations and waves as a play on the quantum world of “wave particle duality”. My goal is to play the visual vibrations as a musical composition.