On Thursday January 30th, there will be a solo exhibition of the works of Judith Simonian. The work will be on display through February 23rd with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 1st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“These acrylic paintings, exhibited for first time with John Davis Gallery, begin with imagery culled from anything that passes by my field of vision, from my own travel photos, found pieces of imagery in magazines, a gathering of colorful scraps of trash that look like they want to be a painting. Spatial contradictions delight me. It seems natural and descriptive to tear away into other graphical contexts and reassemble visual elements into a number of exciting an irrational ways.
The surfaces can get thick and suggest another life having been lived underneath the final layer. This is not by design but because they begin with a firm intention then almost always take a sharp turn and go in another direction altogether. Perhaps that is the appeal lately of painting fish. Or is it just the thrill of loading a brush with different colors and noticing how it animates the canvas.
Sometimes I stick something in that makes no sense at all and it ends up being the main event. An artist once told me my paintings were like a high wire act. They either make it big or are a miserable failure. That’s just what makes painting a great thing to do. You can take the miserable failures and turn them into something that surprises you.
Phillip Guston said it is “illegal” to understand your own paintings and I couldn’t agree more. The meaning comes from the act of painting and the subject takes you around the world.”
Judy Simonian, November, 2013
On Thursday February 27th, there will be a solo exhibition of the works of Herbert Reichert. The work will be on display through March 23rd with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 1st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“The Birth of Consciousness & Trials by Ordeal:
Stillness Darkness Black Water Motion Wind Wave Amplitude Period Frequency Earth Mound Light Yellow Orb Fish Reptile Man Red Woman White Child Clan Tribe Hole Rock Stele Seed Sticks Sacred Inner Sacred Outer Mountain Sky Blue Dense and Less Dense Axis Mundi Spiral Up and Spiral Down . . . So shall it be – and then stasis.
My primary creative objective is always to allude to those deeply rooted signs and symbols that represent the building blocks of shared human consciousness. And, to parley the unexpected into the marvelous!”
-Herbert Reichert, 1.6.14
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