Opening reception November 2, 2007
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17) 12-4 pm or by appointment
Artspoken Gallery and Studios
1507 W. Koenig Ln
Austin, TX 78756
FIVE artists, five distinct styles, five stories, five women strong. Rebecca Bennett,
Cecilia Colome, Amy Lindsay-Joynt, Karen Harton, and Allison Young each are inspired by the natural world, their depictions unique and sure to provoke thought. Exhibit runs
November 2-17 , 2007 at Artspoken Gallery and Studios. 1507 W. Koenig Ln. Austin, TX 78756 512 589-2905 Fridays and Saturdays 12-4pm or by appointment. Artspoken.com for more information.
“Using the sensual qualities of oil, I create layered abstractions which explore the dynamics of color, line, and texture. The viewer is encouraged by their abstraction to interpret their experience of the work rather than the work itself.
My work is born of a manipulation of oil paint while the canvas lies on a flat, horizontal surface. I use brushes, palette knife, and/or mineral spirits to move the color. The paint and oil create jewels of sensual, layered, vibrant, color which move on the canvas. Using viscous liquid mediums allows me to explore this movement and fluidity.
Recently, I have enjoyed incorporating the horizon line. What emerges is a piece that is abstract but recalls the landscape.
My process is one in which the artist and the paint are equal partners negotiating the surface of the canvas as if the paint had animate qualities.”
“As a young adult I had a very hard time deciding which path to take.
I was basically interested in all the sciences and all the arts, and I still am. I decided to try to learn from all of them, as much I as could.
I decided that it was worth to attempt a dual life, maybe a triple or multiple lives. I don’t regret it.
My primary media are oil on canvas, gouache on paper, and intaglio. My favorites subjects are the human form, interiors, landscapes, and still life. Independently of the subject, I try to create “moody” paintings. I always hope that these moody paintings will have a soothing effect on the viewer.”
“ Most simply put, my paintings are “landscape narratives.” For me each painting is a journey in the search for something sublime. It is that ability for art to touch us in ways that transcends rational thought that inspires me.
The series began as a way to refine my imagery and define my direction. That meant going back to the fundamentals: drawing with charcoal on a white surface, and relying on what I know and not what is in front of me for imagery. I had intended for the drawings to be studies for paintings, but they seemed to take on a life of their own. So I kept pushing the black and white. The forgiving nature of the charcoal gave me unlimited freedom for developing a vocabulary of marks and images.
I also used water, brushes, sand paper, erasers, whatever was handy. What I found was that the images began to reveal themselves to me similar to looking at clouds and the shapes become animals. So that the “image” is born of the “paint” so to speak. From that point the journey begins until it starts to resonate and I’ve reached a balance of just enough information, but not too much.”
Karen Harton, a local Austin artist since 2001, “ continues to explore the relationship between abstract and representational languages within her oil on canvas and acrylic fresco on marble dust panel series. These, often large abstracts are described as contemplative, contemporary, dynamic, and sensual. Each of her images depicts a section of something she considers “innate”: a plant, animal, person, or piece of land. Using traditional oil painting techniques, Karen concentrates on the object’s color, line, and texture. “The natural object creates boundaries on my subjectivity. This becomes the process for each piece,” states Harton. A similar approach to nature and object is noted in her marble dust paintings. She also incorporates subtle writing that is often rubbed out. “The color and line soak into the surface until lifted or covered,” describes Harton. Both mediums lend to unique, yet familiar descriptions of nature.”
“I am a sculptor but do not have a typical medium that I work with. I let my subject matter inform the material and therefore have worked in everything from fiberglass and resin to wood and fibers.
My work most often draws influence from the natural world providing impressions of unknown plant-life or microscopic structures. While seemingly mysterious, these forms are vaguely familiar, quietly reminiscent of identifiable objects. Internal anatomy, sea life, and cell structures all lend themselves as inspiration to and can be detected in my work. My goal is to draw attention to and reference imagery that exists in our everyday lives but is often overlooked.”
Contact: Rebecca Bennett
Telephone number: 512 923-0158
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
1507 W. Koenig Ln
Austin, TX 78756