"Textures" is an online group exhibition featuring art by Garry Grant, Hildy Maze, Jessica Baker, Marine Joatton, Annemarie Waugh and Michelle Kaufman that reflects the atmosphere and ambiance of late summer. Each artist’s specific combination of material, color and form appeal at once to the senses of touch, sound, smell and taste thereby transforming the experience of sun-worn colors, the deep-lit horizon, dried vegetation and the process of seasonal reflection into tangible, felt memories. “Textures” also highlights the imminent retreat of the slow summer while taking the viewer from the sands of North Africa over surfaces of paint and pressed leaves, to the setting of a private front door and grass-covered yard.
“Old Blue Medina” (2017) by Garry Grant presents a culmination of the artist’s recent experiences in Morocco. Through the unpredictability of dried paper pulp, Grant condenses the paradox of dry sand, clay soil and coastal waters into a vast number of small-scale, hand-held paintings known as “The Fortification Series” - a vast record of time spent in Morocco that takes the form of a changing texture, coated with different colors, while appearing unique across each piece.
Jessica Baker’s monotype print titled “Whirlybird Configuration 4” (2009) bridges the found object with both the handmade and mechanical processes of reproduction. Baker’s deep interest in landscape details appears throughout her meticulous arrangement of maple tree seeds. The primary form and pattern of the circle within this composition renders a meditative aura through a faded hue of blue.
“natural patterns beneath” (2017) by Hildy Maze and “Linear equations 2” (2017) by Annemarie Waugh both utilize scales of pastel colors within the genre of abstract painting in order to create an idea of Long Island coastal summers within the abundant deciduous landscape. Maze, in particular, leaves oil on paper untouched so that the medium flows away from the pigments, eschewing traditional beauty with one more immediate.
The character of late summer surfaces in “Wait Till Later” (2015) a painting by Michelle Kaufman that shows a woman and child at play in a residential yard. Kaufman’s subjects are anonymous but the mother’s pull against youthful play suggests the shorter windows of sunlight that occur during warmer days of late summer. Marine Joatton’s “Père et fils” (2015) is a small pastel on paper showing a man standing in black hat, gray shirt and tie next to his child who wears a green hat and yellow costume. Joatton’s drawing not only suggests the events typical of early Autumn but also serves as a recollection of the one before.