Feldman paints with deliberate precision, and yet, by the nature of the airbrush technique, his works appear soft edged, or what might be called "out-of-focus." It is this technique that recalls the utopian pursuit of 1960s psychedelia, van murals, and other airbrush art forms. Even in illustration and photography, airbrush is often used to idealize. In Feldman's work however, the fogginess of airbrushed paint is like a thin veil over his crowd, separating utopia from dystopia, civilization from chaos.
Alongside utopia and dystopia, Feldman also includes light and sight, narrative and content, states of mind and the experience of viewing art itself as his subject matter. In his painting Beacon, Feldman depicts hundreds of people seeking things: treasure hunters, detectives, archaeologists, miners, and more. There are also people hiding things, such as grave diggers or people burning books. This hiding and seeking metaphor reinforces the artist's fundamental belief in the art viewing experience as one of contemplative discovery.
An opening reception for Roni Feldman will take place on Friday, March 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on view until April 28, 2012.