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When Painting, Emanuel Jeremy Gershfeld finds inspiration from interpreting music on his viola; wandering through cities like Chicago, New York, Prague, or Venice -marveling at all of the beautiful architecture; or simply observing interesting people as they walk by. He takes inspiration from the architecture of Frank Gehry, the music of Beethoven, Bartok, Schoenberg and Ives; and the art of Kandinsky, Picasso, Pollack and Richter. A classically trained violist and violinist, when Gershfeld interprets and performs music, he follows the strict guidelines and boundaries expressly laid out by the composer. A note must be played exactly in tune for a precise duration. When painting, Gershfeld found that he could paint whatever color he wishes wherever he wishes, applied however he wishes. From the strict world of classical music, it was a liberating departure. However, Gershfeld believes that for art to be coherent, and thus successful, inherent structure is essential.

In his current work, he mixes and layers bright colors of acrylic paints using a palette knife or paintbrush on different sized canvases. He then takes scores of music he has performed and selected photo images and then cuts them to the shape of abstract objects resembling string instruments, birds, people, and other various subjects. After affixing the flat paper sculpture to the canvas he dilutes paint to a watery texture and uses several splash and splatter techniques to add movement and life to the painting.

When the painting "happens", the process resembles exuberant and abstract jazz improvisation: After Gershfeld has painstakingly assembled all the elements on the canvas, he throws, slings, and spatters the paint onto the canvas with brushes, squeeze bottles, and small catapults... It is a formalized process of layering differing mediums that is only complete when Gershfeld's act of emotionally charged expression on canvas finally comes to rest.

Born in 1969, Emanuel Jeremy Gershfeld is a native of Bethesda, Maryland. Currently residing in Chicago, Gershfeld began painting at the suggestion of his wife, Elizabeth, who noticed his cooking at times was a little too adventurous. His painting - "Must it be? It must Be!" (which alludes to the famous inscription in Beethoven's last string quartet) appeared in 2001 and 2002's editions of Strings, The Strad magazine, and the American String Teachers Association magazine. A long time professional classical violist and violinist, Gershfeld is the founding member and artistic director of the Camerata Society of Chicago, a chamber music group that collaborates with chefs by performing concerts in the same venue and previous to a multi-course dinner. Gershfeld also designs women's fashion, starting EG Design Studio in 2000, selling his lines throughout the United States.



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