AMERICAN BEAUTY IS ON EXHIBIT
Laguna Beach - Candice Eisenfeld
titles her current exhibition, at the Marion Meyer Contemporary
Art Gallery, "American Beauty." Her paintings convey the essence
of American idealism as expressed through the beauty of its landscapes.
the land, in its pristine state, is a metaphor for the troubled
thoughts and feelings experienced by a beautiful nation searching
for answers. To achieve this daunting task, Eisenfeld depicts
multiple images - one, two, or three - on one vertically or horizontally
arranged canvas, combining abstraction with realism.
smooth wood panels, Eisenfeld pieces together the American Dream-
the land's pure idealism "with the haze of reality and its perception
- that have caused everyone to look a little deeper within, contemplating
the bonds that hold us together as a society." By simultaneously
working in both realism and abstraction, in different segments
of one canvas, Eisenfeld depicts the reality and ambiguity that
currently plague Americans that divides each of us as we search
to define "what it means to be an American, what it means to be
human, and how we relate to each other."
paintings express optimism, that "hardship will strengthen these
bonds, and that hopes and unity will overcome." "Pages From My
Diary" is a personal statement of three images in one. Two virgin,
un-peopled idyllic scenes suggest a vast body of water on the
left, and an inlet on the right. Painted in muted earth tones
of greens browns, and golden oranges, the two scenarios are united
by a central strip of transparent white where both landscapes
converge. The center vertical area is much like a theatrical scrim,
a suggestion of what is taking place behind the scene. This abstracted
center is the indefinable existence of the nation, the quality
that binds us together. The seascapes represent the familiar,
the known. Bonded as one, the known and the ethereal merge in
the unique quality that gives America it's strength.
luminous color palette is influenced by the Tonalists and Hudson
River School- artists who sought to capture the purity of nature
at its peak of color. She also takes ideas from the pre-impressionist
Barbizon School in France. In particular, Barbizon's focus on
changes in weather - just when a storm appears or subsides; the
precise moment the sun sets or rises; the inception of a rain
shower; the change from a wet to a dry landscape.
In her paintings,
Eisenfeld captures the American landscape, its tranquil and moody
moments. The artist has devised a unique technique which she came
by after several years of research and hard work. It results in
a shiny antique quality. Combined with her color palette and the
harmony of abstraction and realism, Eisenfeld's paintings evoke
a timeless splendor.
starts with a fine, cabinet-grade birch wood panel, which she
meticulously sands and prepares until its surface is impeccably
smooth. She covers the wood with a fine archival gesso to create
a barrier between the wood and the acrylic paint she now applies.
The process includes layers of paint and archival varnishes, and
applications of a UV inhibitor- a chemical spray that helps the
work resist damage from the sun, weather conations, or just mishandling.
Eisenfeld continues this labor- intensive process well into the
comes from an artistic family where making art was natural. She
studied print making and figure drawing at the University of Texas
in Austin and received a BFA. In 1993, she moved to Jerusalem
to continue her studies at the prestigious Bezalel Academy of
Art and Hebrew University. Now, living in Tempe, Arizona, Eisenfeld
exhibits her work in fine galleries throughout the United States.
BY ROBERTA CARASSO
News Post, 12.2000