Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

great opening at the USBG

but sadly the public has been interacting with the sculpture exhibit so much that USBG has had to put stanchions around the artwork.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

USBG flora show

Stafford Hospital

Susan Tilt's quilts

Yoko Iwanaga

I stopped by Second Street Gallery to see Mementos, Yoko Iwanaga up until May 30.
I thought it was charming, it had a gentle, cheerful quality. Her artist statement below.

"My works are based on my memories of childhood. Sometimes I recalled images of childhood memories. These images change every time, and become my own personal images that give me a mysterious feeling. I express these remembered images in my work using abstraction form. Most of these are in the ordinary scenery of nature.

As a child, I was taught the ancient Japanese belief in the will of nature. My childhood world was a gathering of little pieces. Some of them were sunlight from the gap between leaves, another was little plants on the side of road. This world consisted of the space around me to include seasons, weather and plants, but after I grew up that became a different world with a busy society. I feel there is a reason that I have recalled memories from my childhood because it must be a message from my inner life.

I create this world by using pieces of these memories as well as present experiences. I have manipulated images in my mind into the paintings. I layer the manipulated blurred images and clear images several times. I do not intend to describe everything. Some of those are clear, but some are blurred the way memories sometimes become."

Rob Browning

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

USBG flora install

Here Laurel is installing her magnificent coil piece and Ray is installing Millicent's work from the lift. Lots of work left to do, but the show is shaping up nicely! I love how Millicent's vine seems to be a line drawing in the air. The interaction with both Laurel's white ceramic coils and Foon's large wooden organic shape is marvelous. I also love how they make you look up into what is such a beautiful gallery space. Below some additional images of indoor and outdoor sculpture from the show.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Patte Ormsby

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nice review of the show I'm in @ Nichols Gallery

House of paint: Color artists span the spectrum

by Laura Parsons

Rob Browning, "Arch."
Rob Browning, “Arch.”

I am a menace behind the wheel this time of year. First there’s the magenta redbud, then the pink dogwood, followed by yellow tulips and violet lilacs, and the next thing you know I’m veering off the road.

A safer way for me to get drunk on color is to walk around the house; not my house—the old clapboard in Barboursville that serves as the Nichols Gallery Annex, which currently features the group exhibition “Art About Color.” Curated by Fred Nichols, whose own watercolor and silkscreen landscapes offer a dizzying maelstrom of color, the show features work by 15 regional artists.

With the exception of a few printmakers, most of the participants are painters. Although all are concerned with color, the techniques and aesthetics run the gamut, ranging from John Murray’s small still lifes to Lillian Fitzgerald’s encaustic collaged abstracts to Priscilla Whitlock’s large impressionistic landscapes.

The show has no weak links, but two artists are standouts. Rob Browning creates acrylic paintings, rich with saturated colors, which occupy a fascinating space between realism and surrealism. With no obvious brushwork revealing Browning’s hand, they suggest strange, elusive narratives— something has either happened or is about to happen, but it’s unclear exactly what.

In Browning’s “Arch,” a small red bird flies from a central white birdbath toward a sunlight-filled arch in a hedge on the right The viewer can’t help but wonder what waits beyond the arch. Browning’s composition is geometrically thrilling, offering the visual impact of a color block painting. The arched green hedge on the right is balanced by its soft brown shadow rising on a terracotta wall on the left. In the distance, beyond the crisp dark-green edge of the hedge in the distance, orange and violet treetops billow like clouds against a periwinkle blue sky.

Completely different but equally mesmerizing, Steve Griffin’s “Strata” series of painted abstracts hold the eye with regulated horizontal stripes of varying hues and width. Yet seemingly random variations interrupt the flow with surprises—a rough-edged intrusion here, a gradation there—allowing under layers of colors to surface. Reminiscent of Washington Color School work, Griffin’s pieces resemble cross-sections of sedimentary rock or the side of a weathered barn painted in circus colors.

Although Griffin juxtaposes mustards, turquoises, oranges, and purples, his compositions are surprisingly soothing and meditative. Particularly beautiful is the way he incorporates the texture of the canvas.

Beautifully hung, the disparate pieces in “Art About Color” form an intoxicating collective. Drink up.

“Art About Color” is on view at the Nichols Gallery Annex through May 17. Barboursville, near the intersection of Rte. 20 and Rte. 33. 540-832-3565.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

the USBG

Monday, May 04, 2009

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Rosemary Covey

Friday, May 01, 2009

the USBG during the first day of the flora install.
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