Brooks Salzwedel

February 20, 2013

“Held Up” 2008 12″ x 8″ graphite, tape, resin

Today I’m admiring the wintry images of Brooks Salzwedel. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Salzwedel creates his misty images with layers of resin, illustrated with graphite pencils. The results are somewhat haunting. A juxtaposition of awe and serenity as colossal feats of Mother Nature and human kind are wrapped in a ghostly shroud of snow or fog – majestic but frail, floating, fading, ephemeral.

In photos, such grand natural themes remind of the great American landscape painters like George Inness, whose atmospheric paintings captured the quiet splendor of our Nation’s landmarks. And yet, in person, many of Salzwedel’s images are actually quite small. Some, like those created in vintage tins, are even intimate enough to cup in the palm of your hand. Such big themes rendered on such a personal scale only serves to heighten the drama.

“Triple Structure” 2009 21″ x 14″ graphite, tape, resin

“Little Big Mountain,” 2012, 12 x 16″ graphite, mylar, tape, panel

“Nest High” 2008 12″ x 9″ graphite, tape, resin

“Reflection” 2010 16 x 24 inches mixed media

“Plume #2″ in a tin

Brooks’ originals and prints are available at Gallery Nucleus and here. Check out his Facebook page for upcoming shows, including one in NYC from March 14 – April 6.

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