Hall Groat II New York Art Critic Review for July 2012 Deanna Jaugstetter from Georgia

Screen Shot 2012-05-24 at 11.13.10 AMAbstraction Revealed Through Perceptual Painting: A Review of  Georgia Artist Deanna Jaugstetter’s 

 
When studying the work of Atlanta-based artist, Deanna Jaugstetter, it’s evident that she perceives the world that surrounds her as both a representational and abstract painter concurrently. Paintings such as, Passages, appear at first glance to be completely non-objective in nature, however when studying them beside representational pieces such as, Brugge Canal II, one begins to see abstract architectural elements slowly emerge.

 Deanna’s abstract works seem to be distillations of her realistic paintings, whereby buildings and landscape elements are deconstructed into various geometric and organic shapes and then re-assembled into a new configuration she perceives in her imagination.  My hunch is that this creative process at times may be conscious; however most of the time is subconscious and natural.

Deanna’s abstract works seem to be distillations of her realistic paintings, whereby buildings and landscape elements are deconstructed into various geometric and organic shapes and then re-assembled into a new configuration she perceives in her imagination.  My hunch is that this creative process at times may be conscious; however most of the time is subconscious and natural.

Several of her abstract works are reminiscent of the late Clyfford Still who was the leader of the First Generation Abstract Expressionist movement in New York during the 1940s’.

The large 30”x 40”, acrylic on canvas painting entitled Life is a Dance contains a series of fragmented organic shapes that appear to be floating overtop an ethereal field of color. The warm and cool atmospheric color contrasts add a compelling sense of depth, while evoking rhythmic motion.  The quirky titles that she thinks of are as inventive as her abstractions. The Evolved Soul and When Lightning Strikes are two painting titles that indeed pose more questions than provide answers. Perhaps Deanna’s future paintings will combine both aesthetic and conceptual elements from her abstract paintings with the ones that are created from direct observation.  This would be tantalizing!
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Hall Groat II New York Art Critic
 Painter Hall Groat II, professor of fine and media arts at Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

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