Work from artists Erin Blayney, Kimberly Glass & Larrison Seidle will make up the exhibition that will be shown in the Michael Phipps Gallery from May 4-July 2. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 4, from 4-6 p.m.
Instinct, intuition, and spontaneity drive my art process, taking me in directions that are neither controlled nor preconceived. Although my work is typically based off of the human form, these recent pieces remain guided by the desire to capture movement and emotive expression. I allow the initial mark-making on paper to remain exposed, which allows simplicity and rawness. Each piece has its own character, its own being. There is an abundance of energy in each line, even while living within the constraints of the paper size it's drawn on. This challenge of capturing freedom mimics nature itself, in how it adapts to the environment it finds itself in, regardless of any hindrance.
In this group of paintings, physical conflict between bodies becomes a vehicle for imagery, and natural landscape and the geography of the face and body are starting points for images that reflect internal landscapes. Present in all of the works is the effect of light-filled space in which open structures are built with layers of multi-toned strokes. Painting techniques are spontaneously employed to create mood and meaning: varying the speed of strokes, dripping paint, selective use of texture, an unexpected and creative juxtaposing of images and color. Shaped by approaches of Cubists, Fauvists, Luminists, and Expressionists, I paint to inspire self-reflection and spiritual awareness within the viewer.
This series is an exploration of some of the ways the human body (and mind) attempts to cope with and exist within the modern, man-made, man-altered or man-replicated world it is often at odds with. In these large drawings, human figures are engaged in Yoga stretching poses in an attempt to push away, shrug off, or prop up the brightly colored, disorienting, and sometimes claustrophobic settings they are forced to inhabit.