David Foss, Michelle Marcuse & Antonio Puri

ReMix: Wax and the Intuitive Process

2006 Exhibit Dates
Nov 07 To Dec 10

Philadelphia artists David Foss, Michelle Marcuse, and Antonio Puri celebrate the continued use and relevance of wax as a contemporary visual art medium in the exhibit "Re-Mix: Wax and the Intuitive Process'." Coming from three very different cultural backgrounds and using three different approaches to the medium, the artists are drawn together by their common use of wax as a material an an intuitive creative process." Each artist works without preconceived ideas or plans, and uses wax as a catalyst for the creation of non-objective art that expresses emotion, beauty, and personal spirituality.

David Foss uses various types of synthetic molding wax as an additive element in his paintings to produce thick textures and layers of fluidity. Wax mixes with other media such as acrylic paint, shellac, and metallic paint resulting in lyrical paintings of rich hues that suggest various emotional tones. Originally from the Midwest, Foss earned a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor's degree in philosophy/religious studies from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Michelle Marcuse is highly regarded as both an encaustic wax painter and teacher. Using translucent layers and carving into the encaustic surface, she creates subtle, organic forms and shapes. Her recent works on paper either have been dipped in vats of wax, or the medium was poured or painted directly onto the page." Marcuse grew up in South Africa, was educated at the Shenkar College of Fashion and Textile Technology, Tel Aviv, Israel; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.

Antonio Puri uses wax as a resist element in his expansive mixed-media paintings by pouring liquefied wax onto the canvas, letting it set, covering the canvas with layers of acrylic washes, then removing the wax to create a negative space." He was born and raised in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northern India. He has lived and traveled extensively around the world and has gathered inspiration for his paintings from diverse cultural traditions. He earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He became part of the Illinois State Bar as a corporate attorney and gave it up within five years to pursue art full time.

Untitled #20, David Foss, 2001, mixed media on canvas, 64 in. x 54 in. Drops Patterned by Lamplight, Michelle Marcuse, 2005, beeswax & digital image transfer on paper, 17 in. x 21 in. Melting Pot, Antonio Puri, 2004, mixed media on canvas, 12 ft. x 8 ft.