Artist Merced masters line-drawing technique, breaking the rules – Merced County Times
Stephen Schertz of High Quality Arts prepares his frames to hang at Kreepy Kawaii designs.
NFD, the name of Schertz’s art series, pays homage to the modern digital market “NFT” and is inspired by mathematics.
The latest artist featured at Kreepy Kawaii Designs in downtown Merced is none other than High Quality Arts’ Stephen Schertz.
A reception will be held at the gallery this Friday, August 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The address is: 1731, rue Canal. There will be a special storytime reading by Jade Chatman and a sale by Irma Ceja. Residents are invited to go out in a fun celebration for the whole family.
Shertz currently has his work on display at Tioga, and is the artist behind the colorful utility box at the corner of M and 16th St.
Born and raised in Merced, Schertz graduated from Merced High in 2012, and since then has ambitiously shared his work and collaborated with artists on his website: HighQualityArts.com.
“In 2015, I said hello to High Quality Arts,” he explains. “It is still in strong development in the sense that it is an online gallery that will be the next MoMA, the little brother of the largest museum in the world …”
He says he developed the website after one of his exhibition ideas was rejected by the Merced Center for the Multicultural Arts. It was then that he was inspired to create a space where others could share their arts without fear of being rejected. He hopes to one day have a physical location for his gallery, but until then the digital space he has created will be the driving force behind what High Quality Arts will one day be.
A great dreamer that he is, Schertz believes that everything is within his grasp, with enough ambition and breaking a few rules here and there. This year alone, he juggled applying to his studies at school, managed his website and, in July, became a member of the Gemini Navy team of the NASA Aerospace Fellowship program through Merced College. .
His latest collection is a great reflection of where last year has taken him and a glimpse of what’s to come. The pieces in his article are inspired by math, experimentation, and his great love for line art.
Its series of sixteen pieces, “NFD” or “Non-fungible Drawings”, pays homage to the modern digital market “NFT” or “Non-fungible Token”. Schertz started work on the collection in April and finished his last piece this week.
Exactly 18,688 lines are featured throughout its multi-color “NFD” series.
Lines has followed Schertz through his works since high school. He still remembers that his art teacher gave the class a line art assignment. The students were supposed to create figures and outlines with their lines, but instead of following the directions as the teacher taught, Schertz took the instructions at face value.
“I didn’t know what he meant and I was too scared to ask him,” he laughed. “I took it literally and started drawing lines. I sat there drawing all of my classes, just kept on drawing. And when I handed it to him, he told me it wasn’t what he expected – not in a negative way, but in a mind-blowing way. It was the first time I saw someone’s eyes light up while looking at my work.
Come meet the artist and discover more Schertz magic lines this Friday afternoon at Kreepy Kawaii Designs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on the event, please contact Patricia Pratt at 209-354-6067.