en Mauldin Gallery’s first fall exhibition features Elsewhere, a dual exhibition by artists Danny Rose and Haylee Ryan. The opening reception will take place in presence of the artists on Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 10 pm. The exhibition is on view through October 7, 2017.
Travel is an important part of Rose’s creative process and keeps him connected to the colors and shapes he observes in nature and existence. His work is driven by the magic and mystery found in the changing landscapes he’s experienced through his travels. Rose’s collection for Elsewhere elucidates the dynamics he sees in places, both real and imagined, residing in the refuge of his mind. To bring his vision to life for his audience, Rose’s paintings emerge through a form of automatic drawing and painting. This process enables Rose to pull shapes into being, from a subconscious level. “As I paint, I allow shapes and colors to evolve, keeping an openness to change.” Rose is constantly seeking beauty, understanding and originality, and his art provides him an expressive way to explore these concepts both privately and anthropologically.
Ryan’s fascination with humankind and her intrinsic inclination to see beauty in every face and every body has gifted her with the rare ability to paint people vibrantly and provocatively. For Elsewhere, her focus is on the body and the undulating colors of the skin in light and shadow. The dancing hues are so luminous, you can almost feel the heat of the sun and the coolness of dusk. Ryan is fascinated by the coexistence of abstract and realism; thus, for this collection she has isolated the backgrounds into color blocks and blurred the personage of her subjects to juxtapose the realism of the bodies thereby drawing the viewer’s attention away from identity and directly to the figure. As with her portraiture, Ryan’s work for Elsewhere is stunning in its intriguing exploration of the intricacies of the human form.