American Sun Beams, 1995
Here is an anecdote, in case you want to know what is informing some, or at least this painting. "Amerikanische Sonnenstrahlen", 1995, is one of my own personal favorites. Perhaps it is because of the fact that it was painted at a time that I was wrapping up six months in Chicago as an exchange student at SAIC in the Fall semester 1994 - the first time that I lived a prolonged time in the United States.
I struggled with painting. Didn't really know what to paint, the city excited me more. One of the things that struck me was the peculiar light on some days. It could one day be a rainy, wet day with the top of high buildings wrapped in clouds, the next day a crisp, sunny autumn day with light cutting sharp contrasting edges.
Packing, there was this partially painted, mostly primed, canvas left on the floor. Afternoon sunlight hit it. This light just left marks, as you can see.
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Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator living in the Boston area.