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edward cating

Statement:

In my newest series of paintings, I reinterpret the landscape of the Northern Berkshires using USGS “heightfield” data that is collected by satellite with software. Certain familiar aspects of the landscape are lost through this process, including all trace of human construction and population. This yields images that are simultaneously familiar and other.

I proceed to paint multiple layers in acrylic, sanding and scraping to alter the surface texture, then burying these strata in several coats of resin. Glazes of oil paint are applied to the surface of the painting to smooth transitions and bring about a pictorial uniformity. Finally I polish the surface with beeswax. For me, this process relates to the subject matter as an analog to the geologic and planetary processes I am depicting.

Other paintings in this series include views of the great glacial Lake Bascom that submerged the valleys of the Berkshires nearly 14,000 years ago as the glaciers retreated.

Exhibitions:

Williamstown Landscapes, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA, 2005

Northern Berkshire Creative Arts Silent Auction, North Adams, MA 2005

The Desk Project, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA, 2005

Grossman Gallery, Christmas Show, Boston, MA 2005

First Berkshires Biennial Juried Show, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA, 2005

Solo Show, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA, 2005

Williamstown Landscapes, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA, 2004

"The Factory Revealed", The Cocheco Mill Gallery, Dover, NH 2003

"Perception", The New England Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Tufts University, Medford, MA 2002

"12 Artists - 12 Authors", The Berwick Institute, Boston, MA, 2002

"Dirty Pixels", Zumix Gallery, Boston, MA 2001

The Boston Cyber Arts Festival, Boston MA 2001

Grossman Gallery Juried Exhibition, Boston, MA 2001

Grossman Gallery Juried Exhibition, Boston, MA 2000

Grossman Gallery Juried Exhibition, Boston, MA 1999

Grossman Gallery Juried Exhibition, Boston, MA 1998

Teaching Experience:

The Practice of Painting, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

Studio Practice, the Beaver Mill Studio, 2004 to present.

Observational Oil Painting, Dover Studio of Fine Art, 2002-04

Figure Drawing and Painting, Dover Studio of Fine Art, 2002-04

Digital Art and Photoshop, Dover Studio of Fine Art, 2002-04

Photoshop - Beginning and Intermediate, Dover Adult Learning Center, 2003

TA (Ron Rizzi) Museum School, "The Death of Painting" 2001, "Figuring Paint" 2002

TA (Ann Craven) Museum School, "Figure Painting", 2001-02

 
 
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