Around the Art World in 52 Weeks – Paul Wackers, United States
Thursday, February 11 2016
Paul Wackers paints eclectic images that combine a sense of nature with the everyday objects. Many of his paintings include natural landscapes that feature trees, mountains, forest like settings and in some cases pot plants. This is juxtaposed against man-made objects that in some cases appear to have been haphazardly placed, while in other instances they are carefully arranged.
Although he includes nature in his paintings it is the man-made that is enchanting. There is a sense of magic in the way Wackers depicts the everyday objects. They are often hubs of color that speak out against the more austere backgrounds. Wackers is able to infuse a sense of energy into what could readily be dismissed as mundane.
Wackers rarely works from direct observation. Rather, he makes assumptions about what something is and this allows him to see possibilities in everything around him. He finds even the most ordinary piece of trash or a strange tree interesting and for him these often overlooked parts of life can form the basis of a painting. He says that his task is not always easy. As he explained in an interview: “being able to expand on the boring bit to see how it might be something unique is a hard thing, but a worthwhile search I think. But maybe ask me tomorrow and I won’t see anything in it. It’s all in the moment.”
The idea of seeing something in the moment is key to Wackers’s work. His painting seems to freeze an instant when all becomes interesting and engaging. He holds the viewer in that moment and reveals to them, through his paintings, what he experienced.
There is a sense of play between more intricate details within Wackers’s work and looser areas. This tension between the more literal and the abstract can be seen as an interaction between order and chaos.