Reveries & Excavations

JoAnne Artman Gallery
Mar 30, 2019 3:37PM

Audra Weaser has long held an interest in combining her dreamlike reveries with a unique process of sanding down her painted panels. Continuing this exploration in her current show, Reverie, at JoAnne Artman Gallery (with an artist reception on Thursday, April 11th), layers of paint are exposed as she cuts through to the bottom of each composition with a sander to echo organic movements.

Installation View, Reverie: Featuring Audra Weaser, JoAnne Artman Gallery, New York

Capturing the interplay of shadow and light, the works display nuance of form as the compositions emerge as organic manifestations on the surface of the panels. Constructed with wavering intensity of colors and patterns that dissolve and merge, the paintings mimic the steady rhythms, small variations, and cyclical forms found in the organic. Collaged undulations are then excavated, exposing the bright white base panel, while re-connecting the layers of paint on top back into the whole of the image. Weaser’s handling of medium enforces a sense of tranquility through a smooth, sanded surface and lyrical suggestions of nature.

Séance, Detail, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Panel, 48” x 60”

Evoking the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, Weaser utilizes the familiar visual reference of the landscape as a vehicle for experimenting with the painting medium, as well as exploring various processes in nature. Bringing to mind Helen Frankenthaler’s statement that “my pictures are full of climates, abstract climates. They’re not nature per se, but a feeling,” Weaser captures her landscapes not in a literal likeness, but rather in its forms, colors, effects, and the subjective experience it conjures.

Illusions I, Detail, Acrylic, Metallic Paint, Mixed Media on Panel, 48” x 48”

With a channeled devotion to landscapes, the ebb and flow of the environment is reflected in Audra Weaser’s sanding process and surface quality. Transforming the landscape through excavation, her non-objective experiences of color provide a meditative study of cognition, memory, light, and the natural landscape.

Reverie: Featuring Audra Weaser

Artist reception, Thursday, April 11th, from 6:00-8:00 PM

JoAnne Artman Gallery, New York

511A West 22nd Street

New York, NY 10011

JoAnne Artman Gallery