Fairfield artist brings show from "Big Apple' to Burlington

The intersection of the mind and work on canvas is on display for the show “The Paint Goes” by Fairfield artist Jim Weidle, which opened Friday in the gallery at the Art Center of Burlington.

The work was shipped to our safe little hamlet fresh from a showing at the the Blue Mountain Gallery located in the bustle of the “Big Apple,” New York City.

The paintings feature the thoughtful concepts of line, shape, form, color and light as the eye travels through the canvas like the spokes on a bicycle.

The bike is an object favored in many of Weidle's pieces, and the works on display have been completed within the past two years. The paintings generally are done on location, or built up from on-location drawings, photos and small color studies.

The artist has a whimsical and intense vocabulary about art, enjoying the discussion as much as the work itself. He participated in workshops with students in New York conceptualizing art and the mind's role in the process.

“It has the decency to hold still, as few dare or can, permitting one’s eye a tiny but wild freedom to travel as it will” said Weidle on paintings.

He added when creating art “the paint has to get there first.” He explained this as a sense of the eye processing the vision and initiating a wilder, more surreal flavor before the structured mind overrides the value of the idea.

Maybe this is how he painted one eye-stopper on display in the gallery. A triptych work of album covers derived from a scene he saw of albums in the bins from a second-hand store on Ninth Avenue in New York.

“It was impossibly extravagant, beautiful and multilayered,” he said as he came across the store.

So, as any artist does, he stopped, observed and brought out his sketch pad.

“Something happens with your hand getting in there making marks and working space out,” said Weidle.

The end result were the three paintings “Near you,” “Burl has a funny way of Laughing” and “Mitch and the Gang.”

The show runs through Oct. 31 in the Art Center at 301 Jefferson St.