Plein Air: "Smoke," "Water," and Oil & Pigment Paintings
(2000 – 2011)
In his Plein Air series of works, Kass utilizes a transparent oil emulsion applied to toned, stained or smoked paper, that has been creased and watermarked with a solution of mica powder suspended in water media. The lines and shapes made by the transparent oil mixture are somewhat fragmented by the effect of the uneven surfaces and remain invisible until they are dusted with powder pigments and variously rubbed into the paper. The layered imagery emerges as a natural matrix of shifting nuance, both descriptive and emblematic of nature’s manifest energy.