Guest Blog: Fred Pohlman’s “Vistas”

Sometimes getting multiple points of view is the only way to explain just how great something is. So – here’s a short guest blog by Heather Martin, reviewing Fred Pohlman’s current exhibition in the Kaaterskill Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery.

“Vistas” by Fred Pohlman

“From the darkness springs ethereal wisps of light and bursts of intense color. This painting evokes the atmospheric  splendor of such Hudson River School painters as Frederick Church and Thomas Cole.

Unlike the Hudson River School tradition, Fred Pohlman’s paintings are not painted with a subject in mind. The content emerges subconsciously as he works the paint. He captures subtle nuances of color, shape and tone directly onto the canvas. Although these paintings have a layered look, and fine, cloud-like details, Pohlman accomplishes this with paint, not additives. His black tones are mixed from colors on the painting surface. The subtlety of this painting is highlighted by its gloss finish which adds to the appearance of its layered depths.

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You can see this painting and more of Fred Pohlman’s work at “The Emerging Self: Psychological Abstracts” a solo exhibit of Pohlman’s works on view at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery through September 25th. The Kaaterskill Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery is located within the Village Square Center at 7950 Main Street, Hunter NY. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, and Sundays and Mondays 10 am to 3 pm until Labor Day, after which the gallery will be closed on Mondays. For more information call 518-263-2060 or visit http://www.catskillmtn.org .”     – Heather Martin

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Night and the Emerging Self: in Conversation with Fred Pohlman

Next up in the gallery: Fred Pohlman! His show, Night and the Emerging Self, will be in the Kaaterskill Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery from August 13th to September 25th. I had the opportunity to sit down with him and ask some unexpected questions – read on to find out how he handled that.

 

From where do you draw inspiration?

Rafael

“Trial of Job”

Experience.

Experience as in…

Experience is just what happens. For example you read the book of Job, and you have a dream that says, “you will know the trials of Job.” The next thing you know you’ve got a painting that you can’t stand, so you put it down and leave it for two years. All of a sudden you pick it up, add something, and it’s the trial of Job! Then you wind up writing a song and you realize it’s also about the trial of Job. I have the painting and the song – but where do they come from? You read the book of Job, and it had more magnetism than you thought. It starts to invade your dreams, your artwork, everything.  

I have this painting, “The Road to Kandahar” – where is it coming from? Then I realize it must be from my fascination with scheherazade and The Arabian Nights. You produce something out of it, it just comes out of your hand by accident. All of this stuff comes from the love of something.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up mostly in New York City; in lower Harlem and the Upper East Side. I spent my summers out in the country, in Pattenburg, New Jersey. I lived in a home for kids for a few years, too.

Who is your favorite painter?

My favorite painters are Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Do you have a favorite painting by either of them?

Do I have a favorite painting? Well.

Hard question, right?

It’s impossible. Depends on my mood. But I love Braque and I love Picasso; in fact I love all of the cubists. If I say I love Diego Rivera most people will think oh, he did murals. No. Continue reading