Art Show – Gary Gackstatter

Snow Bridge by Gary Gackstatter

Drawing with pen and ink speaks of a time long ago. A certain sweetness comes over me when I pick up my pen and hear the little ‘tink’ when I dip its metal tip into the bottle of ink. This tactile act makes time disappear and makes each stroke of the pen a tiny line filled fat with memory and meaning. Layering these lines builds not only visual depth but also a depth of feeling that runs both ways between the artist and the subject. They say that you never really know a subject until you draw it. I would add that the subject doesn’t know you either, until then. That tree, that limestone fence, that stone bridge or that mountain seem to actually care if you ‘get it right’ when you draw with pen and ink. There is a spirit imbedded in these things that calls to me and says very softly, “Draw this”. Sometimes I won’t know why until I get into it, but it has to start there. I have to pay attention, walk slowly, or I’ll miss them when they whisper.

So, welcome. You’re invited to escape the ever-clattering modern world we live in and slip into a certain sweetness and slowness of a world composed of nothing but lines. Lines formed by dipping a crow quill nib repeatedly into a little bottle of ink, touching it to paper and letting the speed and direction of the pen determine its thickness. I knew that somehow you would get to see them someday .

I use 100 yr old crow quill pen tips dipped in Private Reserve “Velvet Black” ink on Bristol paper. Rarely using cross-hatching, I prefer layering lines that are finer than a human hair, sometimes taking two hours per square inch. Currently at the Green Door Gallery in Webster Groves, I have been in many art shows, including the St Louis Art Fair and Art and Air, in addition to many one-man shows.

Gary Gackstatter’s exhibit will open on Sunday, January 21, with a reception from 12:30 to 2:30. The exhibit will be hanging through the end of February. Gary will also provide platform music by playing his guitar on January 21.

For more information go to: Gackstatter Art and Music and The Chaco Canyon Project on facebook.