James May Gallery presents: SOMATIC SHAPES: featuring new work by Liz Rundorff Smith, Mollie Oblinger, and Barbara Campbell Thomas. Opening Reception is Friday, September 6 5:30-8:00. Show runs Sept 5th- 30th.
Somatic Shapes refers to the way the artists in the exhibition us both positive and negative shapes in unusual, atypical ways. Liz Rundorff Smith creates luscious encaustic paintings that feel both sculptural and two-dimensional. Mollie Oblinger has created wall sculptures from the imprints of tree rings where you can immediately feel the poignant empty space where the solid tree once was. Barbara Campbell Thomas pieces together sewn fabric shapes in a very traditional method much like quilting but the results are stunning contemporary abstracts that are more akin to paintings.
This quote from Barbara Campbell Thomas sums it up perfectly: “We work with geometry, but it's not hard edged at all. I actually had the sense of these shapes as being bodily, of breathing at times. And I sense the varieties of surfaces reveal a real interest in all of us to play with different textures--abrasion, varied surfaces, etc. Somehow the notion of the body is in play--and yet the overt flatness of shape is too. I like this paradox.”