The What is Painting? Project: Featuring Lance Rautzhan

What is Painting? Norbert Marszalek

I thought it would be intriguing to ask painters this simple yet complex question. This query comes with no ground rules—it’s up to each individual artist to find their own approach and direction.

This project will be an ongoing exploration … let’s see where it takes us.

What is Painting?
Featuring Lance Rautzhan

Blink. Blink. Blink. Blink.
Something in my eye. I think I’ll have a drink.
Next day, make a mark. Just make a mark.
Got to have an idea first. Damn Conceptualists.
I like that stuff. So, I make shit up.
Words. A word. Oh yeah, then a question.
Research. A mark.
Actually, a stolen image.
These days I steal from my own Polaroids.
Staring. Take a break. Staring. Take a break.
Tangent. Repeat.
Is this thing done?
Never. Not Really.

Lance Rautzhan

Lance Rautzhan, The Temptation of Lady Greensleeves By The Demon Mr. Whippy, Acrylic Enamel, Ink and Paint Marker on Canvas, 49″ X 47″, 2014

Lance Rautzhan (born. 1974 in Pottsville, PA) is a multidisciplinary artist whose primary practice is painting. He studied Social Theory and Philosophy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Long Island City, Queens in 1997 to study acting under Catherine Russell and make small works on paper. In 1999, Rautzhan took a large studio in Baltimore, MD where he would go on to cultivate his body of work and exhibit heavily for 6 years. After securing gallery representation in Baltimore, Rautzhan moved his studio to Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2006. He would continue to work in Brooklyn until conceding to gentrification in 2014. Rautzhan’s work has been exhibited (Baltimore – Gallery 211, Subbasement, SchiavoneEdward, New York – Freight & Volume, Arts & Leisure, Present Company, Eastern District, Provincetown – DNA Gallery, and with Freight & Volume at Pulse Miami 2010 and 2012), collected and published internationally. In 2013, he was chosen for and completed a residency with DNA Gallery in Provincetown. His aesthetic influences include 70’s animation, avant-garde film, and Keith Richards. He values slow burning substance as a hallmark of intelligence in art. Currently, he works in a large barn in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Eastern Pennsylvania.

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