For the 2019 Seattle Art Fair, Joshua Liner Gallery will present a solo booth featuring the San Francisco based artist, Heather Day. Highlighting the full breath of Day’s fine art career, one that continues to grow and excite collectors both seasoned and new,
the booth will showcase new canvases and works on paper, produced specifically for the fair. Day’s dynamic approach to painting embraces experimentation and chance, while simultaneously foregrounding a complex and intuitive handling of paint that balances raw expression with restraint.
Building upon Abstract Expressionism’s gestural marks and expressive potential for color, Day adds her own personal narrative onto each canvas. Her work connects “the thoughts between what is known and how it is felt,” capturing the profound and mundane situations she experiences through her lens of synesthesia. Synesthesia is the perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second. Day recounts, “When I’m experiencing heightened emotion, I see blurs of lush color in my peripheral vision, basically my mind interprets emotion as color. To me, it’s really there–as if I’m holding a colored filter over part of my vision. Looking straight ahead, my sight is unaffected but in the peripheries there are rich washes of cyan, burnt orange, phthalo blues, and fuchsia.”
Day’s process-based approach to painting is characterized by the pouring and pushing of paint on and across the canvas. When starting a painting, the artist quickly adds marks to the blank canvas situated on the studio floor, allowing each mark to inform the next. Her repertoire of mark-making techniques includes pouring, dripping, and scraping paint across the canvas, drenching the canvas with water, and picking the canvas up to let gravity move the paint around. Compositionally, Day’s works read side-to-side, evoking handwriting and encourage the viewer to follow the artist’s mark making across the canvas.
Heather Day lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Day received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The artist’s work has been shown at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; North Adams, MA. In 2020, Day will have a solo exhibition at Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN as well as her second solo exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery. Day has collaborated with several companies, including Google and Facebook.