The Ohio State University at Lima

Farmer Family gallery welcomes epoxy painter Eric Finzi Jan. 9

January 3, 2020

images of painting by Eric Finzi

Artist Eric Finzi will be at the Farmer Family Gallery at The Ohio State University at Lima to open his show, Do you hear the children weeping?, from 4-6 p.m., Thur., Jan. 9, 2020, in Reed Hall. The opening is free and open to the public.

The suite of paintings in Do you hear the children weeping? draws on early 20th century images of child labor by Lewis Hine and Finzi’s distinctive method with epoxy resin paintings.

Using temperature, gravity, viscosity, syringes and needles, Finzi creates a sense of time embedded within paintings that embrace order and chaos. The pathos of the working children, whether deep in the coal mines covered in dust, soiled from shucking oysters, or exhausted from picking cotton, is fossilized in layers of resin that seal their fate.

Do you hear the children weeping? will be in the Farmer Gallery from Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 2020. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The gallery will be closed Mon., Jan. 20.

More about Eric Finzi

Eric Finzi was born and raised in New York City. His art career started at age ten after his teacher accused him of cheating on a book cover project. She believed he must have stencilled a copy of the Egyptian mummy he drew free hand. To convince her, he created a new cover in a different size. His parents then decided then to get him lessons in oil painting. When he turned 13, he received a scholarship to a life painting class at Pratt Institute and at 15 scholarships to the Arts Students League and Greenwich House School of Pottery. At 16, Finzi enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied fine arts and biology. After obtaining an MD and PhD he worked as a molecular biologist at the National Cancer Institute until he was kicked out of the laboratory for taking sculpture classes on the weekend.

Since using his skills as a bench scientist to teach himself how to paint with epoxy resin he has had 25 solo exhibitions around the world including New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, Phoenix, Cologne, and Toronto. Finzi has had solo museum shows at the National Museum of Italian Judaism and Institute of Contemporary History in Ferrara, Italy, and at Radford University in Virginia.

His work with epoxy resin is an imperfect attempt to control chaos. There is an element of danger added as the fumes are sweet but deadly. The process begins with the mixing of the resin and its catalyst; a chemical reaction ensues and time becomes an important dimension in the work. The painting is planned, like a play, with Act I, Act II, etc. The painting you see represents the summation of many layers of chemical reactions, all moving with their own velocity to a final polymerized end.

The challenge is to control the flow of resin using heat, cold, wind, gravity and viscosity as tools. Syringes, needles, sticks and a propane torch help move the resin. The paintings are temperature dependent and portray their temporal history capturing the slow flow of resin. These paintings continue to move for hours after the resin is applied until all Brownian motion has ceased and the flecks of paint are trapped like a fly in amber.