Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
518 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130
In Shifting Filters, internationally acclaimed artist Michael Kessler debuts an evocative suite of paintings on panel and canvas, and a separate selection of mixed-media drawings on paper, which juxtapose luxuriant impasto with ethereal washes, integrating the teeming lushness of nature with pristine geometric rigor. A natural-born innovator with a passion for inventing and refining tools and techniques, Kessler has worked with watercolors and transparent washes since his teenage years—evolving those early experiments into the strikingly original painting process that lends his artworks their instantly recognizable style. These washes, laid down on exquisitely absorbent watercolor papers, are becoming increasingly integral, lending a smokiness or sfumato that contrasts dramatically with sharp-edged gestures in acrylic. His new series, Focusfields, is a master class in constantly changing filters of crispness and expressivity.