"In Force Field, the focus is on the transformation of energy as the critical juncture in the creative cycle. That energy comes from medium, from method, as well as from the artists use of paintings by other artists -- given or found.
As well as having imaginative Sci-Fi connotations, a "force field", the shows namesake, is what is known in Physics as a field indicating the force exerted by one object onto another. In this body of work Gortner participates with his materials in an alchemy of gestures including cutting, spraying, glazing, bonding, breaking, stapling, screwing, paint slopping and brush wielding. Some paintings begin with Gortner bolting together smaller found paintings, then working into the larger arrangement. With another technique the artist cuts out passages from found paintings, grafting them face to face with poured paint. Later, when the paint is dry, he breaks apart the bonded paint surfaces- transposing and exposing various layers of the two surfaces into one. Gortner then paints further into these transformations, making them as he sees fit.
As a whole, the work is a gesture that could be seen as both destructive and trans formative. A power struggle between the strength of multiple paintings to yield one. The work is also an esoteric battling and jiving between sections of the artist's own self and identity as it pertains to his life as well as to art over time. Gortner's work in painting and its implications come to a cold light in Force Field."