Faculty Café: Kasarian Dane
Kasarian Dane, Art & Art History
“Encaustic Painting, Soren Kierkegaard, and the Greatest Least Appreciated Artist of the 20thCentury.”
For about the past three years, I’ve been learning to use encaustic paint to make reductive paintings with bands of color. Encaustic is a paint that uses bees wax as a binder for the colored pigments and requires a hot plate to melt the bar of colored wax. The technique addresses many of my main concerns as an artist: color as tangible substance; color as physical presence; color as luminous light. Color being color, without specific reference and not in service to representation.
As I work in my studio, I enjoy reading portions of works by Soren Kierkegaard. I also listen to lectures on Kierkegaard’s life and philosophy. I have no specific goal in mind as to what I want to accomplish by this, it is simply something I enjoy contemplating as I paint.
The paintings of John McLaughlin (1898–1976) have had a profound impact on me and on my approach to painting. His retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2016 was stunning, yet amazingly did not travel to any other museums or institutions.
My talk will address the topics above, and possibly ramble to others as well, but will be centered mainly around my work and research as a reductive painter.
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