Silver Lake College opens Bill Weidner painting exhibit Sept. 26

Posted On September 18, 2015

Eye-catching colors and shapes draw viewers to the paintings of Sheboygan artist Bill Weidner, whose works will be shown at Silver Lake College from Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the Lake's Edge Gallery in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. The public is welcome; there is no admission charge.

An artist’s reception will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. All are welcome to meet Weidner, who is Associate Professor of Art at Lakeland College in Howards Grove, and view works from his Golden Section series.

“In the Golden Section Series, Bill Weidner presents a new way to view relationships of color, line and form,” said Dionne Landgraf, Silver Lake College Associate Professor of Art.

“The series presents new opportunities to think about relationships. The works suggest lyrical movement while exploring classical proportion. Each work provides a sophisticated and intellectual investigation into color theory while suggesting the beauty and poetry prevalent in human relationships,” she said.

“I have been working on the Golden Section Series of paintings since 2004. Over this 12-year time span the compositions have become increasingly more complicated,” said Weidner in his artist’s statement.

He estimates that he spends 1,000 hours on each artwork.

“There are several factors that contribute to my lengthy time commitment to each painting. To the observer, perhaps the most obvious contributing factor might be my use of hard, clean and precise edges. A far less obvious factor could be the number of times a composition changes with my efforts to get the relationship of all the parts just right,” he said.

Weidner said he paints with solid, opaquely applied colors and an intentional effort to show as few brushstrokes as possible.

“For the most part, over the years these paintings have evolved to a far more curvilinear state than when I first began this series in which you would find a greater distribution of vertical and horizontal rectilinear edges,” he said.

“For me, painting is not at all about finding a relaxing or therapeutic activity to occupy some of the time in my life. Instead, painting is my life. It is a sensitive, stimulating and mind-challenging activity in which I am continually being very self-critical in my search for new pictorial ideas,” Weidner said.