Galleri Urbane is pleased to announce P aintings, Process, Materials, Textures, a group show opening Saturday, November 19th. The show will feature works of visiting artists Eric Shaw, Bradley Biancardi, Stephen D’Onofrio, Heather Bause, and Anna Kunz.
Paintings, Process, Material, Textures is a study of the contemporary resurgence of painting in its many forms. Whether non-objective, abstract, or figurative, flat or sculptural, varying in media, each artist has their own unique process, techniques, materials, and styles which they use to create their final works, their own interpretations of painting.
Artist Eric Shaw’s process has been described as a series of “digitally manipulated gestures.” Using his phone, Shaw draws from life, abstracting what he sees. These digital abstractions are then brought to the canvas by hand. Shaw’s process is a conversation between the physical and the virtual, the tangible and the abstract.
Artist Anna Kunz is multilingual. That is, she uses multiple artistic “languages” to create her final works: “I like to include processes that belong to architecture, performance, painting, printmaking, sculpture...2D painting had its limitations for what I was trying to explore in painting as an idea or philosophical pursuit. I want it not to be static and to be inclusive... I am always questioning the relevance of painting...In order for me to feel like I was questioning and pushing for and against the ideas in painting, I started to move into transparent materials that had some flexibility and variable legibilities.” Dimensions, color, and light are material and textural properties or “languages” utilized by Kunz in her multi-faceted process, which she likens to composing a musical score.
Artist Heather Bause found her current process by dealing with similar feelings of limitation in traditional painting: “Things were too easy on that flat pristine surface. It was so liberating to make a painting on a piece of fabric and then to cut it up and rearrange it as many times as I wanted. It’s like finding another way to solve an equation. All of the sudden I could make paintings that were not like anything I had seen before... ” Inspired by personal experiences and emotions, music, and literature, Bause encourages similar intimacy within the viewer. Referencing David Reed, Bause hopes her paintings elicit reflection as the viewer carefully inspects the deconstructed, hand-painted fabric sewn together by machine in new and intriguing combinations.
For each artist, process plays a significant role not only in the act of creation, but in relation to the meaning of the completed image. The materials chosen and the resulting textures work to produce images with varying illusions, auras, and messages. The common thread then is not concept, but an intense value on the creation process.
Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, November 19th, from 6:00 - 9:00pm. The show will run through December 30th.