A week ago Arte Fuse was privileged to get a preview of the beginning for this big collaboration between four artists: Paul Seftel, Nic Bevilacqua, Fletcher Crossman, and Justin Brunelle. The beginning was just outlines and splashes of color that will be washed down or layered upon. Forms were being sketched but nothing specific coming into shape. The return visit last February 16th which is a week later, totally blew AF away as a cohesive set of four massive artworks had started to gel with a definite theme forming.
Paul shared his penchant for color mixing and the hues he produced got the other three using it with confidence. Justin studiously detailed out some elements and gave it extra dimension. Nic layered on the colors, sharpened outlines, and added more depth to the compositions. Fletcher is the master of portraiture as he worked off from close up cell phone photos of his other collaborators – he dabbed on the paint and PRESTO! there you behold a face. Each artist will lend his profile into one of the pieces. The teal blue and rust red combination turned out to be a strong and high contrast choice for the project. Everyone mutually decided and it all came down to trusting one another. There is no ego but a seamless dialogue between the four of them.
From stage one and fast forward to this development, it is quite an impressive jump. The artists mingled with passersby and friends who came to see the works still in progress. Wine was served and it was a party-like atmosphere but the artists still dabbled with a paint stroke here or a detailing there. Guests were treated to a live working studio where the artists are creating something evolving in their midst. In the best scenario, everyone present was witness to a birth of something unique and special by the efforts of this quartet.
A couple more weeks will be left before the four will finish the works and what we have seen thus far will be totally different. Itwill certainly have the possibility of throwing us again off our expectations and come away with so much more. Keep posted till the closing in March. The best part is yet to be created and there’s no doubt it will blow us away.
Visit the unique 4 Elements experience by watching the work take shape at:
PSPS – 548 West 28th Street 3rd Floor. New York, NY 10001.
Space Schedule: Thursday 12 – 8 pm. Friday & Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Closing Party: March 8, 2012
article by: Oscar A. Laluyan