by Steven Rhude

“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and[ordinariness,everydayness]. (One is unable to notice something —because it is always before one’s eyes.)”

[§129] Wittgenstein, Investigations.

I’m not at all loyal to one form of genre painting. Some artists define themselves as Landscape painters, Still-life painters, Seascape painters… to be labeled in that way doesn’t work for me. A landscape painter may not consider making a painting of a pool table, and a seascape painter may not wish to paint a nude. It’s common to be interested in a person, place, or thing. Yet, if I study an object long enough, I can see a landscape in a person’s body, or the figurative in a wooden fishing buoy. The ordinary object should start as something alien to us and slowly creep into our psyche. Then, after a while, what’s important is the spirit of the object. What’s in front of our eyes is not enough. One needs to go further. That’s the “you never know” moment.

- Steven Rhude

Artists in this Exhibit