Pottstown, PA – Lumière Blanc: A study of white by Robert Koch opens on June 7 at ArtFusion 19464. The show will run until June 29 and there will be a meet the artist reception June 7 from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be served. All receptions are free and open to the public. Robert Koch, a Boyertown native currently living in New Jersey, produced all new work for this innovative show.
Robert talks about the inspiration behind this work: My approach as an artist has always been to make work that is as much about the materials themselves as the application of the materials. With my ceramics I have always kept my forms simple and functional and allowed the glazes to be the main focus. My welded steel sculptures are more about the welds than the steel. With my paintings I use the fluidity of the paint to dictate what happens on the surface.
Building up layer after layer of paint it became apparent to me that color was no longer important. In fact the less color there was applied to the surface the more the paint itself because the primary focus. After stripping away most or all of the other colors the interaction light combined with the layering of paint revealed very subtle complexities.
For this show the artist was also inspired by the way water moves in a river. “With my paintings each layer is like the surface of the water. After each layer dries and more layers are added the light has more texture to interact with. As the light changes throughout the day the surface of my paintings changes as well,” Robert said.
While working on this show, Robert was also faced with some serious health challenges, undergoing heart bypass surgery. “I was forced to take a break from art and life to allow my body to heal from coronary bypass surgery,” Robert explains. “Life’s unexpected events have made it even more exciting to have the opportunity to share this work.”
ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.