“The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.” -Francis Bacon
The natural world is full of stimuli, with unending colors and shapes that exist in light and shadow, constantly changing over seasons and time. The artists in this group exhibition observe, dissect and dilute these subtleties, enhancing what may go unnoticed by a passing eye. Subtlety is a difficult notion to describe, as it is not immediately obvious or noticeable. Sometimes the seemingly ordinary, seen in a different light, can open us up to the possibilities that surround us.
KARIN SCHMINKE is inspired by structures found in her garden. Drawing from both life and recollections, exploring longing, memory and dreams, this work collapses time and place, creating illusions of simultaneity.
These creations are meditations on things absent, in order to appreciate what we have, and to celebrate the resilience of the natural world.
CARA ENTELES’ work is the product of her fascination and study of the natural world. The paintings for this show are from a series that explore symmetry in nature and long time spent looking at tree branches in different landscapes. These organic shapes are transformed into geometric landscapes. Atmospheric conditions inform the muted palettes, while these paintings aim to reflect the experience of rain, mist and fog in different seasons.
DOUG HAEUSSNER works in a variety of media and styles, with the objective to expose an emotion within a moment in time, isolating an instance that resonates with a question of what comes next. His latest work utilizes deconstructive photography to explore nature’s cyclical pattern of creation, existence, and decay. Haeussner’s goal is to reveal how interesting the ordinary can be, by offering a fresh perspective on the beauty, ugliness or absurdity of the world around us.
ATTICUS ADAMS is a sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to create beauty, meaning and emotional impact from re-purposed industrial materials. Recycling – as a practice and a concept – is essential to Adams’ work, as is hope. “Making something beautiful out of something mundane or even ugly, is really what I’m trying to do with my art”, he says. “When it’s successful, I think it shows how bleakness or blight can be replaced by (or subsumed into) it’s opposite.”
CHRIS RICHTER’s work embodies differing effects in nature beyond what would seem most obvious. His color palette and compositions capture the dynamic to subtle details of atmospheric conditions. In observing the field of nature, Richter reveals color, form and details in a variety of accounts. While his work is definitely abstract, you can feel the connection the artist has to the natural world, which provides the inspiration for his work.
Deeply rooted in philosophy, history and poetry, BRIAN COMBER’s watercolors are a process of metamorphoses and aesthetic intuition. They are combinations in uses of plant matter and organic elements – the seed of reality. The ethereal and choreographic aspect to these pieces unquestionably evokes the energy of the dance. Comber’s watercolors have a fluidity of color; they are whirling and spinning and keeping a feeling of movement.