The following image provides a link to a lecture by Ida Kohlmeyer. In the video, Kohlmeyer mentions her earlier influences (Rothko and Hoffman). Restrictions are placed on the video in terms of embedding, so I had to link directly to the video on Vimeo (I did download it for off-line use) to be played later for docents.
GOLD DUST BY AARON SCHARF
THERE is a place in our world where the liquid meets the solid and the vast dreamscape of the possible merges with the real. This is the shoreline of any body of water large enough to hold a horizon forever out of reach and fading to bluish mist as the earth curves away. Every wave and every tide brings change and construction, but destruction as well as the constant pull of forces larger than our bodies engage in a ceaseless negotiation over what is, what was, and what has a chance to be. To travel along this fringe of becoming is to walk in the vision of William Scharf. Each piece is a moment of evolutionary flux, a window into a realm of constant change and challenging perception as elements that could become elements that are and fix themselves in geometries of color and form, assuming prominence or shifting gracefully as another idea emerges. Scharf's art captures creation as it occurs and gives form to what is by definition formless. Where other artists strive to show the world as it exists through their unique eye, Scharf shows us how it got that way and brings us into the moment of inception. Cosmology posits that to ask what came before the Big Bang is irrelevant, as Time began simultaneously with Space, rendering a Before impossible. But that doesn't stop us from looking back as far as we can in the constant hope that peering behind that final curtain will reveal truths about who we are, why we're here and what we're supposed to be doing with our lives. This is an from behind that curtain. AARON SCHARF
William Scharf, Gold Dust, 2012