Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jump in, the water's fine...

Fish Out Of Water opened Thursday, May 19. Above: Linda Cordner's encaustics.

Cordner's encaustics and Stephanie Mason's gyotaku fish rubbings with watercolor on rice paper.

A river of Jobi Pottery.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Defrost Artist Talk

On Thursday, April 21, three of the four artists represented in our current exhibition Defrost visited the gallery for a public talk and reception. The artists took time to describe their process and inspiration, and gave everyone greater insight into the show’s featured works.

Scott Francoeur spoke of how his interests in humanitarianism and historic events converged to form unlikely subject combinations in his work. In Defrost half of Francoeur’s paintings hint at experiences he had while performing relief work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; the other half stem from his interest in tsarist Russia and the mystic Grigori Rasputin. Once explained, the subject matter becomes evident in the artist’s abstract landforms and geometric grids.

Deborah Davidson described her conviction to limiting the means of art production as a way of clearing her brain. In other words, she told the crowd, she prevents herself from being consumed by the artistic process by using just a few materials and implements, such as vellum, sandpaper and old household scissors. In Defrost one of the results is Catalyst, in which layers of hand-cut, sanded vellum and paint build a surface that suggests words either fading from a wall or dangling midair like bundles of wisteria.

Maryalice Johnston recounted how breaking one of her arms in mid-2010 renewed her appreciation for silkscreening. While the injury affected her ability to paint, silkscreening became a convenient alternative because she could do it one handed. Bevy Scroll was born of chance during that period. Printed on a 2’x40’ roll of unused wallpaper, the work began as nothing more than a surface on which Johnston cleaned silkscreen stencils. Now suspended between two rollers, it emerged as a wonderful procession of human, animal and stellar images.

The points each artist touched upon allowed visitors to see these magnificent works, focusing on color and abstraction, in a fresh new light. Everyone at the reception agreed that it generated great admiration for the work presented in Defrost.