Thursday, April 19, 2018

Approximate Affinities: New Paintings by Jill Christian Opens May 11, 2018



Jill Christian
Approximate Affinities

May 11 through June 2, 2018

Opening Reception Friday May 11 from 5-8 pm

Exhibit/208 is pleased to announce Approximate Affinities, an exhibition of new paintings by Jill Christian. This exhibition features work on paper that the artist began during a stay at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO.

Christian is known for her paintings of gridded fields made of repetitively applied brushstrokes of shifting colors.  In Approximate Affinities, Christian has opened up the grid and loosened her compositions.  The works on paper are quickly made, with brushstrokes forming ambiguous shapes that interact in fields of chromatic grays and the occasional color.  The paintings rely on numerous sketches that serve as practice moves for the final work.

As in her earlier work, Christian continues to be concerned with process, repetition, color, and the creation of rhythmic patterns. Here, irregular, painterly ovals and lozenges suggest stones or organic shapes and move in and out of proximity and grid-like order. The work presents variations on a repeated motif that explore how shifts in order, size, placement, and color evoke senses of speed, tension, rest, and relationship between the figures and the fields on which they float.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jill Christian is a visual artist working in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Having spent time on the water growing up in Massachusetts, she finds parallels between the ocean and the great expanses of distance and sky in New Mexico.  She was a recipient of a 2011 Creative Albuquerque/Albuquerque Arts Business Association Emerging Creatives Award. Her work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions, including 516 ARTS’ New Mexico Showcase and Art on the Edge 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. She holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design, a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Image: Jill Christian, Untitled, acrylic on paper, 49 3/4 x 38 inches.

For more information, please contact Kim Arthun, artoon@comcast.net, 505-450-6884

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Shaun Gilmore Shows in California



Two of Shaun's works on mylar are included in BIOTIC, group exhibition at H Gallery in Ventura, CA.  Curated by Yessica Torres for Dab Art, this show features work by 18 artists who focus on growth and the sympathetic relationships between life, matter and energy.  From the curator:

Growth is the fundamental objective of all biotic components, every factor requiring energy and sustenance for proper evolution.  The work featured in this group exhibition draws equally from environmental experience, mass media, and subcultural positions.  The artists selected for BIOTIC   are seeking to convey the often overlooked or undervalued messages of organic development and human influence.

 BIOTIC opened on August 19th and runs through October 1st.

Congratulations, Shaun!





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Alcoves at the New Mexico Museum of Art


Continuing the story from our last blog post, here is Shaun Gilmore's installation at the New Mexico Museum of Art.  Shaun is one of five featured artists in this exhibition, which also - by luck and affinity - features Signe Stuart and Dara Mark.  The other artists are Mira Burack of Cerrillos and Kelly Eckel from Albuquerque.  The show opened on October 15th and runs through December 4th.

Of this show, Jon Carver writes in VAS: "visual wonder is thematic in Alcoves 16/17....opening centers, empty spaces and strong subtleties are the hallmarks of the show."

You are invited to a conversation with the artists on Friday, November 4th at 5:30 in the Museum of Art.

More images from the show, including a close-up of one of Signe's paper pieces:








Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Visit to Shaun Gilmore's Studio


new paper mache sculpture with older work in the studio


Walking into Shaun's large, light-filled studio one is greeted by a cheerful crowd of new sculptures. She has been working on an exciting body of work that challenges balance, line and space.  The pieces, deliberately a little clumsy or quirky, are made with paper-mache on wire armatures and seem to be always on the verge of falling - or dancing.



As you can see, some of the work is installed on the wall, some hangs and floats like mutant space ships, others rise from the table.  All have a very lively, whimsical presence.

Shaun's home and studio are just outside the village of Galisteo, New Mexico, where she has lived with her husband, photographer Nick Merrick, for many years.






Friday, July 29, 2016

Dara Mark at Gebert Contemporary


Dara is showing three of her newest paintings from the River/Flow/Chart series at Gebert Contemporary in a show titled Salon 6 - 15 - 16.   Her work is watercolor on Yupo, a translucent synthetic paper that she layers and sews onto a white mat.  Other artists featured in this show are Udo Noger, Keiko Sadakane and John Nelson.  Gebert is at 558 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the exhibit runs through August 6th.    You are invited!


Monday, October 5, 2015

The Lady Minimalists Go To Roswell

Signe's exhibition, "Fifteen," opened at the Roswell Museum and Art Center on Friday, October 2nd, and we went down to attend.  The show is beautifully curated to display her sensibility and attention to materials, which have remained constant over more than five decades.   There's a fine catalogue with an essay by curator Sara Woodbury to accompany the show, which will be up until March 20th.  Go see it!




Shaun and Janice at the opening reception
Signe's reception begins
 admirers
"Wall" - paper and gesso

Signe with Sara Woodbury before the reception
Dara and Shaun at the Roswell Museum
installation view
installation view

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Signe Stuart Retrospective



Signe will be honored with a career retrospective at the Roswell Museum.  We are excited for her and of course all of us will drive down for the opening.  Signe has been making art for a lifetime, and in the 20 years I've personally known her, has gone though several changes as she continually searches through new visual territory.  She has experimented with materials from sewn canvas to plastic food trays, created small wall pieces and room-sized installations, and always kept her vision clear and uncompromised.   Please join us, join her, for what promises to be a fascinating and beautiful show.