FRANK ETTENBERG: Archives Uncovered / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

Frank Ettenberg, Santa Fe | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

Frank Ettenberg, Santa Fe | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

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This week braveART uncovered seven, brilliant works from the studio archives of Frank Ettenberg. From these recent works, one recalls the work and style of Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Hans Hoffman. There is movement that ambiguously blends color and form, figuration and abstraction. All four artists are action painters - the painting becomes the result of an event. On the description of the process of abstract expressionism, Elaine de Kooning once stated, "When I start [painting] I don't know what's going to happen...When you're dancing, you don't stop to think:now I'll take a step.....you allow it to flow". 

So, too, notes essayist, Rolf Koppel, on the style of Ettenberg: "The attractiveness of his wok and it's condition is in the evidence of a keen intelligence grappling with some the of the most tantalizing promblems. And there's pleasure in sensing a style like Ettenberg's, grown and formed deliberately to respond to the pushing and pulling of a searching painter. For, if anything, this style was devised out of art and experience, and its own generations, and somehow, ironically, 'set' when it was most malleable. And it's that choice of style as parameter, as some highly conscious self-knoweldge that gives both charm and veracity to [his] body of work. From canvas to canvas we see Ettenberg performing and deliberating, alternating, disguising, varying the syntax of a highly developed personal scale". (Rolf Koppel, Frank Ettendberg, "An Assessment", 1996-1997)

 

The Colossus at Actual Size 1975, Oil on canvas, 24"x36"

The Colossus at Actual Size 1975, Oil on canvas, 24"x36"

Island Time 1987, Oil on canvas, 36"x42"

Island Time 1987, Oil on canvas, 36"x42"

Frühling Oberösterreich 2003, Acrylic on canvas, 31.5"x39"

Frühling Oberösterreich 2003, Acrylic on canvas, 31.5"x39"

Tourist 1991, Oil on linen, 36.5"x29.5"

Tourist 1991, Oil on linen, 36.5"x29.5"

Footings 2001, Acrylic on linen, 36"x30"

Footings 2001, Acrylic on linen, 36"x30"

Summer Transit 2000, Acrylic on canvas, 27.25"x35"

Summer Transit 2000, Acrylic on canvas, 27.25"x35"

SW Homage 2003, Oil on canvas, 41.5"x27.5"

SW Homage 2003, Oil on canvas, 41.5"x27.5"