If you have ever seen a huge De Kooning or Rothko, you can tell they were painters who were a hundred Percent committed to abstract. There were no partial abstractions, no horizon lines. When I view a painting, I can see if a person was committed. Did they sacrifice? Did they commit to a hundred percent of their talent? Where they engaged to their cause with paint?
In the other arts you can see this as well. In dance for instance, was there complete commitment to the movement, where it was expressed fully? Did the dancer fully commit to making that step? If you have ever danced with a professional or watched a professional dance, they are completely in their bodies and completely absorbed in the movement. It is a beautiful thing.
The question remains how to be fully committed in expression?
New Hampshire is no “Plain Jane”,
when it comes to views. That is why painting inside the 5,000 miles of forests, starting from New Hampshire including Canada, makes this area a phenomenal studio space. Yes, an outside studio space that replaces the comforts of the traditional white walls as a place to paint is at times impractical due to the weather. But, lady inspiration is not always convenient. The photographer is Joe Klementovich, my brother who has known me my whole life, and can connect to the vastness of this state and understands modern work. He has worked with some of the most extinct parts of nature in the area. We both want to show what this state can elevate to in the name of art.
October 3, 2016
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts announced on Monday abstract painter and Bartlett-based artist Rebecca Klementovich will join the institution as a museum’s curator.
Klementovich has taught abstract painting in the Mount Washington Valley for five years.
“I believe this state is on the cusp of expanding their view on what art is,” Klementovich said. “I took the curator position in hopes of widening and promoting more abstract forms of art in New Hampshire. Curators are the gatekeepers.”
The news of Klementovich’s hiring coincides with the announcement the museum has been given a permanent space to show. Still under construction, the new venue is set to open in 2017. The museum was founded in 2011 and is home to some of the most modern and ground breaking art in New Hampshire. Known for its mission statement “Art for Everyone,” the institution has become the primary place to see new work in the state, drawing both from abroad and locally. The collection is currently open to public view at the Rochester Community Center and Rochester Public Library.
And as they prepare their new space the Rochester Museum is showing: A collection of Diane Bowie Zaitlin’s work will be on display at the Carnegie Hall Gallery in the Rochester Public Library from December 3, 2016, to February 3, 2017. Zaitlin’s work is both dynamic and abstract, her weapon of choice mixed media and encaustic paint. Her sense of color and sensuality translate through the movement of her brush stroke and line quality.
Klementovich’s history with the museum includes her donation of a large abstract mountain landscape that now hangs in the museum’s permanent collection and a solo show last year. A strong believer that New Hampshire needs more opportunities to view modern and contemporary work locally; she will be part of shepherding the fledgling institution into its next phase.
“I love the mission statement of this museum, Art for everyone,” she said. “There is nothing finer than elevating the minds of people through art and humanitarian efforts.”
The museum’s current locations are the Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield St., and the Carnegie Hall Gallery of the Rochester Public Library, 65 South Main St., both in Rochester. Their website is www. http://rochestermfa.weebly.com/
This February 11th, in Jackson New Hampshire, two abstract painters named Rebecca Klementovich and Kristen Pobatschnig, bring to the Nordic trails of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit ski company, a one day painting exhibit in the woods for all citizens who brave a new world. These two artists were able to get past the bureaucracy, the nay Sayers, the non- artists, and non-skiers to bring us a snow trailed show. Each viewer has to ski or snowshoe to see each painting. Instead of a white walled gallery, in its place are walls made from snow, hemlocks, and birches, all places for paintings to hang from.
The artists want to develop a new language by using radically different color palettes to represent local places, landmarks and weather in New England. Many of the canvasses are non-representational, measuring four feet by three feet with high contrast colors to express abstract landscapes in the area. This new visual language will be in conversation with nature.
The Mount Washington Valley of northern New Hampshire and beyond is not traditionally associated with ground breaking abstract work. Klementovich and Pobatsching are changing that. They are a painting duo and present themselves and their art under the moniker of The Femme Fatales of the North. They are working to bring more attention to female painters in northern New Hampshire, especially those who are doing abstract work. The raw power of the landscape in northern New Hampshire is an extraordinary source of inspiration. It finds its way into the work and literal setting of abstract artists. For example, one photograph shows, The Femme Fatales on the edge of Mount Washington with a 30 mile per hour wind, lifting their four foot canvas in the air. They believe that the snowy Nordic trails that will host their work this February 2017, opens a new avenue for the public to view and experience the impact of this conversation between their work and the stunning landscape that defines northern New Hampshire.
The art scene in Jackson, New Hampshire is emerging as a small gem with four galleries and one museum. With approximately nine hundred residents, the village of Jackson is also home to the internationally known cross country skiing facility. The Jackson waterfalls, the red covered bridge, the Great Gatsby like Wentworth’s Inn, and the Nordic skiing center are genuine manifestations of the New England spirit. The Femme Fatales are adding a new element to this New England authenticity, abstract art, to be experienced in a radically different setting. To learn more go to http://jacksonxc.org/
Feb 11th 2017 11:00-3:00pm in Jackson NH
Contact Rebecca Klementovich or Kristen Pobatschnig
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Chasing canvas with Paint Brush
This day the weather was 52 degrees in July. The wind was moving at 36pmh, the elevation was 6,288ft.
Femmes Fatales of the North painters whose
revelations build the bridge between realities by using images and abstract art.
Somewhere lost on the lake in the Mount Washington area the femmes are lazily painting all.
The first appearance of our concept of Femme Fatales was in the imagination. One of our missions has been to cultivate a feminine painter’s viewpoint. Most painters are famous masculine such as Picasso, Matisse, De Kooning. How does an ultra female painter paint?
Many women are in love with Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, or Christian Bale. But myself, I’m infatuated with Hunter S. Thompson and his nonfiction book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Hunter S. had his own brand of Gonzo journalism, wherein reporters become the main character of the stories they’re reporting–and often travel to what Hunter called The Edge. “There is no honest way to explain The Edge,” he once wrote, “because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”
In recognition of Hunter S Thompson’s imaginative genius, I dedicate this photo (yes, that’s me shooting an abstract painting) to those still waiting to go over The Edge. Come join us. You have nothing to lose but your remote control channel flickers.
Synesthesia is weird. It happens when you hear a sound but somehow see a color. It was first noted by the ancient Greeks, who coined the word synaesthesia by conjoining the word syn (σύν), meaning “together”, and with the word aisthēsis (αἴσθησις), meaning “sensation.” In 1812 a German man, George Sachs, became the first physician to describe synesthesia in a medical journal. Since then, there have been myriad other studies, and in the 1990s they led to the formation of groups such as the American Synesthesia Association and the UK Synesthesia Association.