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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