This sensational exhibition shows how being an outsider to the action taking place in the frame in does not result in exclusion but a stronger connection to relationships that are played out in public. Ed Paschke shows how blurred boundaries provide a useful resource to build relationships from. The warmth from the faces such as ‘Hilda' stare brazenly out at the viewer and could be attributed to the close ties Paschke built with colleagues in his studio who supported his creative process.
It is hard to know where the viewer ends and the subject of the painting begins in Paschke's emotionally honest images. For example, wherever you stand the gaze of ‘Bombalia' hits hard through a soft focus mask.
The colours on the surface of the image like the simple shapes lying like blocks on top of the Mona Lisa lookalike in the ‘Voulez-Vous Danser?' painting, gives the illusion of depth. Reality is nebulous literally in such titles as 'Bag Boots' and 'Accordion Shoes' and this proves Paschke to be a master of both technique and imagination.
One of the techniques Paschke was said to use was to project layers of an image onto canvas and paint the overall composition in sections. This created a clever 3-D illusion out of a 2-D format. It is a subjective choice as to where reality lies in the work. It could be found in the depth of the blurred shapes on the surface or hidden in the superficial figurative details of a face.
By understanding the layers that exist in human nature and how we are all connected on a deep level, Paschke gives us work that helps us forget where one person ends and another begins. This could be attributed to the enthralling excitement in the subjects' eyes, such as ‘Wanda' that hold the viewer fast.
Paschke uses vivid colours that spike the sensations of staring into someone else's pulsating nervous system so that the viewer can link up to the core of the subject. The emotional honesty of each subject in this exhibition is transformational. Even inanimate objects like the buckled shoes of ‘Yellow-Wave' shape the inspiration that created them. Thanks to this, I stand connected.