Local artists show abstracts at Winds
- Published: January 14, 2016
Collaboration was inevitable. Two talented painters who verged on similar styles in a town that bubbles with creative juices would no doubt cross swords either in peace or conflict one of these days, and that is what Martin Borchers and Zane Reichert have done.
“Artifacts of Vacuity” goes up at The Winds Cafe from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 and includes selected works from both artists. After working together a few times on a smaller scale, the two decided to make the plunge and present a serious show. The audience can expect an array of abstract paintings that the artists have spilt their blood and ink on for a long time.
Both painters went out to study rust patterns on materials in town to incorporate into their work. Each artist’s work is unique, but they both utilize the same style of high-energy painting with the displayed rust patterns. Martin describes his work as “non-representational abstract paintings.” With an emphasis on fluidity, his work is a meditation on how the medium is static but still captures energy. He used numerous painting techniques to produce the effects he wants — dripping, pouring, puddling and sediment-based painting with acryclic, oil, ink and latex paints. He also used rust water suspended in vinegar to achieve some of the textures in his paintings.
Martin strives for the theme of the visual concept of rust over time. He wants to express an idea that over time, as structures and materials collapse, the result can be quite beautiful.
Zane describes his work as abstract impressionism. While achieving similar visual results as Martin, he went for slightly different themes in his work. More than trying to create an emphasis on formal elements, he is attempting to stretch his artistic limbs and manipulate the medium. His work is an exploration of texture and color and the end result is one of intrigue. You can almost feel the brush strokes pulling your attention in to the frame to swim around in the colors and textures.