The latest work from Fritz Danner is opening on Friday, March 7th at 7:00PM. Our good friend Chip Chandler did a great job detailing the show. See you at the Opening!
Artist Buries Demons in Latest Works
Artist Fritz Danner is burying old demons in his newest works — burying them under layers and layers of more paint.
Danner, an Amarillo resident by way of Anchorage, will display his newest oil works in his first show at Process Art House, 700 S. Van Buren St.
“Visitors Report to Office: New Paintings from Fritz Danner” opens with a 7 p.m. Friday reception. The show hangs through April 2.
Danner said he’s experimenting with multi-level oil paintings, using translucent paint to cover what, in some cases, were failed attempts at other works.
“A lot of these paintings are unresolved paintings that are three or four years old,” Danner said. “Everything that’s on the editing room floor — that’s what it is.
“There’s an aspect of randomness to it, but there’s also an aspect of intuition,” he said. “I think that’s what makes it a work of art.”
Danner, 54, said he’s long worked by intuition, trusting his gut to tell him when a work is finished or when he needs to set it aside.
“The way I feel about it is that I can go back to being an ordinary person (when a work feels complete),” Danner said. “I can just return to my everyday, ordinary life.
“What’s uncomfortable is when it’s not resolved, and that’s where this work comes from,” he said.
He compares the paintings to the workings of the human mind.
“I see some of these as sort of a reflection of my relationship with my subconscious mind, where there’s a lot of encrypted data in the subconscious or unconscious mind ... but on the surface ... you’re seeing a lot of imagery telegraphed from underneath the finished surface,” he said. “You can see what’s archived there literally under the surface of the paintings I’m doing now.”
Gallery owner Jacob Breeden said Danner is following “a compulsion ... to speak to the world.”
“His work is an exploration in imagery, color and form of the world as he sees it,” Breeden said. “The work can be rough and aggressive at times, yet other pieces reflect a tone that is softer and more introspective.”