Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is very excited to present Outrageous Fortune, an exhibition of stunning new paintings by Pacific Northwest native Eva Speer. Speer's compelling new work includes images of water surfaces, thickets of weeds, and the textures of plant material. The imagery is composed as fields across the canvas surface. This means that the story of the painting does not occur primarily within it. Instead we relate to the painting as a backgrounding or setting for action to occur beyond the painting, between us, the observers.
The tangled plants or glassy water suggests a hypnotic or immersive experience of looking at and into surfaces. The texture of things is a berth for restless vision, a means of engaging with another reality of objects. As children, we can remember staring into pools or hiding places. These places become small worlds, memories of intensity or enclosure. They are without object or goal, not special in themselves except for the promise of some mystery or fortune to be revealed if we wait and watch.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing to end them. To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and a thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
devoutly to be wish'd
--- Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1, Page 3