The House Paint and Pencil Show: New Art by Corie Neumayer and Carrie Neumayer
Corie Neumayer: House Paint
Being raised by thrifty parents and teaching art in public schools has taught me to improvise. Almost anything can be recycled for another purpose. My love of working with Latex (house paint) started several years ago when I was doing a series of large paintings. I wanted to build up layers, have drips, and use large utilitarian brushes. My tube acrylics just did not seem up to the job. Not being the patient sort, I discovered several partially used cans of paint in my basement. It was pure heaven when I gave them a try! So smooth, so opaque, so perfect. I now frequent the hardware stores buying the rejected samples. Some colors seem strange, but quite often turn out to be my favorites. I rarely ask to have a color mixed because that would eliminate the challenge of using whatever is available.
The house paints seem particularly suited to landscapes, which has been my focus for the past several years. I grew up in the country and those early images continue to be a powerful influence. The threat of losing the landscape due to global warming, greed, and climate change is an ongoing horror. I apply my house paint with rollers, brushes, old credit cards, or my fingers. House paint spreads quickly and fluidly… like the landscape. The drips, splatters, fingerprints, and random marks are intended, unlike the carelessness afflicting our land
Carrie Neumayer: Pencils
In August of 2018, I asked friends, family, and acquaintances on social media to send me pencils in exchange for an original piece of artwork. Why pencils? Everyone has pencils sitting around, whose origins are usually forgettable, but occasionally more significant. After I put out the call for pencils, I received 91. Some arrived tiny, beloved, and almost used up entirely. Others were brand new, perhaps acquired specifically for me- to tell me something about the sender- like the pencil my Dad got from the barber shop he’s been going to almost his entire life. A friend sent 30 pencils from Pennsylvania’s Amish country. A teacher friend sent me a pencil that had been used for an exam, along with a note saying that she could still feel the anxiety in that pencil. I used all of the pencils (sometimes along with other mediums) to create my current body of work.