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MaskBetween Worlds - Paint, Pixels and Process: Todd Kramer will run April 14 through June 16, 2017 at Emporium Framing & Gallery in South Berwick, Maine. This body of work represents a period of transition and adaptation for Todd Kramer.

Kramer resides in Rye, New Hampshire with his wife and son. Todd graduated with BFA with a concentration in painting from Montserrat Collage of Art. He has won first place in an Exhibit at 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH and has exhibited at the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Todd Kramer states: "Adaptation is a hallmark of a civilization; we grow and change as a means to survive during periods of flux and transformation. Digital painting is my means adaptation. Since learning about my impending fatherhood a few years back I knew my process had to change. Painting out of my cramped cluttered apartment was already a challenge, and now with a child on the way it was beginning to look impossible. That’s when I started to look more seriously at digital painting.

 At first I was worried that the paintings would look stiff and fake, like bad CGI in a cheesy action movie. To avoid this I decided to approach this digital medium the same way I would approach any other painting. I worked loose and gestural and would stick to more traditional natural feeling brushes, retaining the texture and organic feel of traditional painting. Coming from a print background, I was able to work off my knowledge of Photoshop making the learning curve a bit more bearable.  Much to my surprise and comfort I found this new process oddly familiar and accommodating.

Borrowed Face Fatherhood quickly presented me with more challenges. My son was diagnosed with Epilepsy. This changed everything for me and my family. We (me and my wife) were still getting use to our new life as parents, now we were confronted with a new transition that we weren't quite prepared for. This started to inform the work, in tone and imagery, as I started to process my new life in all its tenderness, joy and challenges. Images would come to me like snapshots, clues to larger story that I would slowly unveil. What at first seemed ambiguous started to become familiar as I began to build a relationship with the work, while at the same time having a healthy respect for its autonomy.  I do not consider my work to have a specific meaning. I may have a specific relationship with it, but it is not dictatorial. I welcome the viewer to develop their own relationship and language with the work as I did making it.

I’ve now begun to merge the two practices together creating a synergy between the digital and the traditional while also incorporating my background as a commercial printer. Painting traditional i.e. Oils, Acrylic, Charcoal alongside the digital, helps add a vital, tactile element to the work while also challenging the viewer to sight the differences within the work if any can be detected. Overall this body of work represents a period of transition and adaptation that is sure to echo throughout many works to come.

I’ve now begun to merge the two practices together creating a synergy between the digital and the traditional while also incorporating my background as a commercial printer. Painting traditional i.e. Oils, Acrylic, Charcoal alongside the digital, helps add a vital, tactile element to the work while also challenging the viewer to sight the differences within the work if any can be detected. Overall this body of work represents a period of transition and adaptation that is sure to echo throughout many works to come."

         Pulling You Home

Masks (top right), Todd Kramer, Acrylic and Digital on Cold Press Paper

Borrowed Face (upper middle right), Todd Kramer, Oil on Panel

Pulling You Home (lower middle), Todd Kramer, Oil on Panel

 

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