Friday, February 11, 2011

Alfred Gockel: Intention and Discovery


Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection, Alfred Gockel
“Blowin’ the Blues” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection
Written by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

Like a gifted musician, Alfred Gockel approaches his canvas.

Just as in Jazz, when he begins there is an underlying skeletal structure for the composition, but it must be fleshed out through instinct, sensitivity, experience and the ability to always be attuned to the “moment.” Musicians create the form of music through pitch, harmony, melody, rhythm, repetition, tone and dexterity with their instrument, honed by countless hours of practice and performance. The visual artist’s formal tools are equivalent: line, color, composition, spatial and proportional relationships, texture and surface and a mastery of draftsmanship gained only through the practiced repetition of capturing in two dimensions what eye perceives in three.

For centuries, philosophers, historians, critics, artists and musicians themselves have pondered the relationship between the aural (musical) and the visual arts. Alfred Gockel just lives it...

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