September 7 – November 30
Opening Reception: September 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Jansen Art Center is pleased to welcome Rob Gischer in his exhibit, Illusions and other Still Life. The exhibit is featured in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Jansen Art Center from September 7 through November 30, 2017. The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, September 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Rob Gischer’s paintings have been influenced and developed by his education, travel, work career and environment. A Masters and BA in art education, extensive travel in Europe, and twenty-eight years of teaching have exposed him to art through the ages. His experience and natural curiosity were primary in shaping the direction and style of his art. The artist discovered early that an important element in creating illusions was the use of shadows. The shadow cast by a realistically painted object on any painted surface acts as a transitional device to unite the two. The shadow embodies both the form and of the object and the color and texture of the background surface in forming a third and new entity.
Trompe l’oeil painting (fool the eye in French) is the use of super realistic images to create illusions in three-dimensional art. The artists attraction to this style of painting is a means of communicating and arresting the viewer’s attention. He combines this with spatial contradictions to evoke subtle tensions which invite the viewer to read the work closely and challenge them on an intellectual level. The artist’s indebtedness to the surrealists is substantial. They allowed that art can be both mysterious and playful and that the possible and impossible can exist side-by-side.