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Laura J Shechter
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a still life and cityscape painter and a contemporary realist. With in contemporary realism, I consider myself a perceptualist which I define as being more concerned with usual vision than European painting conventions. I paint a moment of light with all of its visual contradictions. I have strong feelings about the objects in my still lifes. The relationships between my objects are formal but at times they have an implied narration. Although my approach tends to be linear and precise, I try to have a beautiful and sensual surface. My cityscapes, which are photo-based, also describe one moment of light. Many are organized into landscape space, parallel bands. The forms and space in these paintings are clear with decorative patterns, eg. windows, trees… I appreciate contemporary architecture, new or renovated that has incorporated rich intense color in their design. My latest cityscapes incorporate graffiti which I feel beautifies urban blight and continue my interest in decorative motifs. My drawings are also closely observed with subtle tones built up in a single hatch technique. Although my still lifes and cityscapes are different genres, they each borrow from the other. Some of my horizontal still lifes are like a sky line, while the spacial relationships in some cityscapes are more related to those of an interior. Some influences are northern Renaissance art, Indian Miniatures, and interacting with other contemporary realists. My work evolved during the feminist art movement and I have incorporated some of its ideas. My teacher, Ad Rhinehardt, {the father of minimalism} helped me evolve a philosophy of aesthetics. He was also a noted orientalist. I traveled around the world in 1966-67 and the 1970. This ex perience added complexity to my art work which seems so rooted in western painting tradition, but also includes the aesthetics of the east, notably, India

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Brownsville Childhood

A recording made in Coney Island in 1951 with myself, my sister, cousin and mother accompanied by photos of my childhood

Ben Shechter Life and Art by Laura Shechter

Ben Shechter 1940-2016 is singing folk song Shanty's Man Life accompanied by photos of his life and art

Laura Shechter

Career of Laura Shechter crisis prompted change from still life to cityscape

Memorial i

I am speaking at Ben's Memorial, speaking about his and our life

Laura Shechter Artist Profile

An interview about my graffiti paintings that accompanied my solo exhibition at Goddard Art Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma 95-10-28/2017


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