Liminal Manifestations: Paintings by J.M. Henry and Lindsay McCulloch
This exhibit explores the practices of two artists associated with Charlottesville VA who are concerned with experimental layering and pushing the boundaries of pigment and color vibration. Minimalism, maximalism and the materiality of paint predominate here.
Traversing representation and abstraction, Lindsay McCulloch’s paintings express the disorienting nature of personal and technological change, in which the familiar quickly becomes strange. Fragments of vaguely recognizable figures and scenes emerge and disappear amid layers of geometric bands and interference patterns. Like static or pixelated images on a screen, the effect visualizes both the contemporary condition and McCulloch’s personal experience with illness and motherhood. Forms and colors flicker and morph, suggesting the movement of time and the ways in which it warps and degrades memory. Newest works are created on shaped Dibond panels which project out from the wall.
J.M Henry grinds raw pigments to explore new colors and combinations of paints that are uncommon and experimental. Preparing his own paint bodies, Henry achieves a purity that is difficult to replicate with commercially prepared paints. In his acrylic work he controls opacity through translucent layering revealing curious relationships among iridescent, metallic and/or interference elements which often visually mutate at different angles and distances. The nuances of his results frequently exceed the spectrum of what can be documented by digital cameras.