I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, moving to Brooklyn 15 years ago. The work I have been making here in New York, remains haunted by the landscape I grew up in. I have been exploring the ways image-recognition works by breaking down and systematizing mark-making. I continue to experiment with materials, especially anything that might expand the optical range available in the finished work. I have been adding raw pigment for some time now, lately I've been adding varying (usually small) amounts of metal leaf. What is satisfying is when the finished painting ends up parked in between things: between seen and felt, between texture and drawing, between what I intended and what the viewer wants to see. When parked like that, the piece has a chance to slow the viewer down a bit, to become a flash in the eye followed by an insistent murmur leading to something unexpected.
My website: http://sloweye.net
Born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1971, Randall Stoltzfus is the son of a Mennonite housepainter, and the grandson of an Amish Deacon. Stoltzfus has had solo shows with Blank Space Gallery, Mikimoto America, the Durst Organization and Supreme Trading in New York. Other solo shows include Migration Gallery in Virginia, Osuna Gallery in Washington, DC, and Limn Gallery in San Francisco. He has exhibited in group shows in the United States, South Korea, Canada, and in Perugia, Italy where he was part of a 1997 show of work created in an active insane asylum. Public collections include the Washington DC Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Mennonite Church, USA. His work has been reviewed by publications in New York, Virginia, and Italy. Randall Stoltzfus lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, where the grit in the shadows really makes the highlights sparkle.