Atmospheric painting and earthly sculpture come together to create a dreamlike tranquility in the relationship of space and line. In this group exhibition, Walker Fine Art explores contemporary landscapes as expressed through various styles and mediums.
Manipulating and layering to achieve abstraction tempered with realism, these artists capture the essence of nature through the broad use of horizon lines.
LAURA GUESE searches for simple moments of peace in this hectic, fast-paced world; infinitely intrigued by the idea of being away from it all, lost in a place of hopefulness. For this reason, she is inspired to create surreal skies viewed at high atmospheric levels. Her structural cloud formations reference a “castle in the sky” setting, and seek to transport the viewer to a place of dreamlike tranquility. Her atmospheric paintings come from places in her imagination.
For her newest series, PATRICIA FINLEY is focused on expressing the essence of nature in all variations and shades of color. While nature’s coloration is generally more subtle, these abstracted landscape works are done in vibrant color, becoming even more brilliant when mixed with her characteristic resin. Finley utilizes head-turning, personality expressing, go-for-broke, love it or leave it colors in her versions of landscapes.
No matter what MELANIE GREIN is painting, it’s always relationships; relationships of space, line, color and texture. In this series, she is responding, being still and taking in the landscape and the horizon. Getting lost in her process, she experiences a meditation of time overlapping time, as though her aperture has been left open.
DERRICK BREIDENTHAL is drawn to the comparison of what he hopes for and what he knows to be true. He pursues methods that enhance the perfection of a dream, as well as holds up to the roughness of reality. He uses abstraction tempered with realism to emphasize these inconsistencies. This combination creates a tension that drives Breidenthal’s paintings.
GEORGE KOZMON’s recent work focuses on the primal alpine landscape as a metaphor, geological time and place beyond personal or general human scale. He is interested in how we perceive, how scale changes that perception, how images and objects can be understood in various ways, how a sense of place can be expressed. Kozmon uses manipulated and layered topographical/geological maps to underscore perceiving a thing in different forms of depiction.
BARBARA SORENSEN’s Ledges installation was inspired by the rock formations of Capital Reef National Park in Utah. These jutting stratigraphic shapes were created by the sediment of ancient sea beds and exposed by the forces of wind and water