William Siegal Gallery is pleased to present Pixels, an exhibition of new works by Alison Keogh. The show will open Friday, September 30th with a reception from 5 – 7 pm, and run through December 6th at 540 S. Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe's Railyard Arts District.
For her fourth exhibition at William Siegal Gallery, Keogh continues her use of ink on paper. The Pixels Series further expands her vocabulary of cropping, cutting and curating specific marks, drips and flows (often created by chance) into larger compositions. Up close, each tiny square is evidence of prior dramatic events enacted by Keogh pouring, throwing and dripping ink, while the larger assembled grids reference contemplative landscapes - each built by repetition and the careful alignment of similar marks.
Pixels was founded on elements of the Ink Throw Calligraphy and Graphite Botanical series. The “Pixels” float at the intersection between grid and “picture elements”. A grid, as an artificial device for organizing material, creates structure, and from it’s repetitive nature generates it’s own rhythm. It is a way to clarify individual elements by separation, while holding them together as a unified whole. Employing a grid has allowed me to recompose my work; this changes the way it’s perceived.
The Ink Throw Calligraphy compositions employed expansive gestures in their execution: full body movements coordinated with my breath. Pixels narrowly focuses on small 6cm squares from large paper scrolls of finished works. I started experimenting with indigo on paper combining it with sumi ink, sometimes they are thrown, brushed or poured during the process.