COLOR RULES, 7/10/15 - 8/16/15
ARTIST RECEPTION, Saturday, 7/11/15, 3pm - 6pm
Nine gallery rooms featuring painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture and installation by Alan Walker, Andy Wilhelm, Dana Kane, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Ellie Murphy, Glenn Garver, Marianne DeAngelis, Meg Atkinson and Roger Sayre. Paintings on paper by Doug Holst in The Tenth Room Gallery Shop. COLOR RULES is an exhibition engaging the expression, experience and impact of color. Curated by Anne Trauben.
Color is described as the property possessed by an object that produces different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light. From the earliest paintings til the present: the meaning and symbolism of early Christian art, Impressionism in the 1800s, the Fauves and Color Field painters of the 20th century - artists have been forever fascinated by color- and not just painters, of course. Current artists are engaging color in sculpture and installation to stunning effect. Alan Walker's colorful paintings are based on geometry and color has always been his prime inspiration in art making. Alan makes his works with a destination in mind and sets up rules, but quickly finds his limits were wrong. Meg Atkinson's paintings also explore geometric abstraction. Her interest in color began as a way to flatten three-dimensionality. Meg describes her fearless process as completely rule bound. Andy Wilhelm's color marks both time and space. In his sculptural works, color complements, vibrates and creates an energy. Andy often allows a random process to dictate his choices and doesn’t box himself in to following any rules. Dana Kane began working with color paint swatches because she wanted to understand color. Dana uses color in an intuitive way and describes her process as a sort of meditation. Her intention is to create an optical experience in the form of a rhythm and pulse that bounces the viewer’s eye across the work in an “even manner”. Ellen Hackl Fagan's blue paintings create a bridge that joins color to sound and her intention is to build a universal synaesthetic language. As a sculptor, Ellie Murphy is interested in color that already exists, rather than making it as a painter does. Her color includes that which she finds, arranges, plans and controls. Ellie's yarn installation, arranged in four corners of the room, relates to the four seasons. Marianne DeAngelis believes color evokes memories and she understands color as a language which affects the conscious and subconscious. Marianne says her intention is to use color in a truthful way. Relying on intuition, spontaneity and improvisation, Marianne is interested in exploring how a subtle shift of color can drastically change the light, space and/or flow of an entire painting. Roger Sayre's interest in color began by creating photographic test swatches - a sort of Pantone book for himself of different color combinations. Working in a systematic way, each piece leads Roger to the next one - he makes one, studies it and decides what he likes and dislikes about it, and then makes the next pieced based on that information. Glenn Garver’s energetic colors build into vibrant structures.
The public is invited to the free Artist Reception on Sunday, 7/11/15, 3-6pm and to the free Artist Workshops on Sunday, 8/2/15 & 8/9/15 from 2:30-5:30pm, where they can meet the artists in a small-group setting to learn about their work and try out some hands-on art activities.
James Pustorino, Director
Anne Trauben, Curator / Exhibitions Director