Frank Ettenberg | Honoring All of It / by Tasha Ostrander

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2017

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2017

Of his most recent painting, Aqua Experience, Frank Ettenberg gives us some insight into his thought process.
 

...“This really continues something I’ve been doing for quite some time, and has lots to do with writing and sequences of forms.…like you can take it back to [Eadweard] Muybridge, I know that I’m getting more and more interested in time sequences of forms. And that implies lots of interest in motion or the effect of motion, and I also think, well - the camera freezes motion, and what do you get when it’s moving?.. it’s blurred. But the point is, I accept the fact that things will get blurred and things will stay focused.

...And in real life you never really know when things are going to be the most optimal, so you have to work with all of it, so in a sense, I’m working with all of it in my work, like mistakes, as intension. I honor all of it because I’ve always been one for spontaneity and something unexpected . And so the unexpected is a big part of the impact of my work. Whether people know that, or not, is another question. But I do believe that when you say the work is fresh it has something to do with the unexpected."

 

Aqua Experience, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 48 in.

Aqua Experience, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 48 in.

Greetings From Down Here, 2001-2002, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 in.

Greetings From Down Here, 2001-2002, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 in.

Gotten By, 1999-2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Gotten By, 1999-2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 in.