AARON MORGAN BROWN
Opening: Friday March 16, 2018, 5-9 pm
On view through: Saturday, May 5, 2018
A vantage point does not have to be the actual point which we are looking from; nor something limited to a spatial region. Rather, a viewpoint is a position from which something is observed or considered, the mental attitude that determines a person’s opinions or judgments. This exhibit offers viewers an opportunity to reconsider their own point of view through artworks that combine invented environments, the natural world, and the symbolism of everyday of objects. These artists present works from a personal perspective, allowing viewers to transform the meanings from their unique vantage point.
KEVIN HOTH creates images that combine multiple scenes, aiming to create a two-dimensional image that encompasses a more whole experience of seeing. The series came about when he realized he could line up horizon lines or objects from these multiple spaces - clouds and rocky peaks, for instance - to unify different spaces within the singular frame.
AARON MORGAN BROWN’s paintings are pictorial orchestrations - views of an alternate interior universe that are sewn together from daily observations, memories, impressions of the world at large, and his imagination. They are both a prismatic lens through which he can re-view the world, and a transcription of what he encounters there.
NORMAN EPP’s intent is to emotionally encrypt integration of oneness with Nature. Humans, as seminal beings within nature’s sensuality, can affectively manifest responses to elemental emotions carried through other more subtly articulate Earth life forms. Personal human choice, atom-like within Earth’s naturalness, affectively nurtures either positive or negative spiritual manifestation within this celestial orb; ultimately, either activating longevity, or extinction, of earthly life
LEE HEEKIN has created little snapshots of abstracted landscapes. Her multimedia windows intend to blur our viewpoint by playing with depth and multiple horizon lines. These preserved “moments” are made from embedding monoprints, paintings and objects from her daily studio practice in resin. The window quality of her surfaces lends itself well to an ever changing lens, suggesting a shifting sense of depth and perspective. She is exploring how parts can be cropped, combined and repeated in order to transform an image and make a new whole.
KATIE KALKSTEIN’s ongoing series explores metaphors of connection and transformation within the environment of her own backyard as she attempts to transform the land into something more sustainable. It is a diary of her thoughts about issues facing the environment on a larger scale, but from a more tangible and intimate perspective of her own microcosm. Ideas of manipulation and chance, beauty and ugliness, and desire and destruction all come into play - all while being very aware of the connection between her impact on this space and its impact on her.
ELAINE COOMBS has created contemporary landscape paintings that strive to capture the essence of nature. She seeks to conjure a particularly idyllic moment in time, and that moment need not be a named place, for one can look at it and see many places. She wants the viewer to have a sense of connection with something more - her depiction hints at a peaceful force beyond us that is benevolent. To wander through a forest is truly to be present in that remarkable goodness.
BRIAN COMBER’s watercolors are a process of metamorphoses and aesthetic intuition. They are combinations in uses of plant matter & organic elements, the seed of reality. Brian interrogates his paper and sometimes struggles with keeping a feeling of movement. In the studio, withdrawn from the world and in varying moods, Brian chases away boredom & doubts while humming, dancing and painting through wrath or joy.