A series of small drawings rendered in black ink on small, roughly gessoed
panels of stretched linen circled the walls.
The second assignment, painting of toys done with oil sticks or tempera paint on large gessoed
illustration boards, also has its roots in the work of Thiebaud.
His process involves the application of dabs of acrylic polymer emulsion to a gessoed
The surfaces used for this assignment can be canvas board, mat board (with a gessoed
"X" on the back of the board to keep the surface taut), canvas paper or stretched canvas.
The various alibis that have enabled returns of this sort over the past twenty years, from Appropriation to Simulationism, have been discarded so that the artist may, once again, face down the tundra of the gessoed
surface as if for the first time, contending with this, and only this, space.
I had them tone down their painting ground (they worked on gessoed
canvas), and then draw with their paintbrush rather than a pencil or charcoal.
As described on the opposite wall in A Rose, the performance must have been a huge success: A cascade of ten-foot-high long-stemmed thorny roses--two drawn in charcoal, three cut from gessoed
wood--is caught in a state of suspended animation and delirium.
, students tinted the surface ground with a dead color, like brownish-green.
In Untitled, 1987, a numinous graphite shape bleeds from the center out over the gessoed
page; in another work made a few months before his death, a similar graphite center has been violently eradicated.
Students will be fascinated to see him use a variety of surfaces other than canvas, including gessoed
canvas, rice paper, a wood panel and clayboard.
The assignment was to paint a self-portrait in the German Expressionist manner and to intimate a mood, on canvases that students stretched and gessoed
Somewhat blinded and disoriented, the viewer is then to turn and look at the gessoed
white canvas that Opgenorth has placed perpendicular to the floodlight, in order to see the results of visual discombobulation temporarily but intensely etched upon the retina.