William Siegal Gallery is pleased to present Process, Practice and Light, an exhibition of Paintings by Karen Gunderson, commemorating the launch of her new book published by Abbeville Press, written by Elizabeth Frank. The show will open Friday, August 26th with a reception from 5 – 7 pm, and runs through September 27th at 540 S. Guadalupe Street in the Railyard Arts District.
Taking the color black as her prime subject, Gunderson’s achievement is to have explored its every nuance, ranging from the spiritual to the tactile, the seen and the imagined. In darkness, Gunderson’s brush reveals light itself.
- David Anfam
These images present an ocular wilderness from which a relationship between the historical and the infinite is cultivated. At the same time, eroticism is sublimated by paint handling committed to a style that is sumptuous, practical and mysterious – especially in the black paintings. Though her themes vary, perhaps the principle subject is elegance – moral as much as aesthetic elegance.
- Christopher Stackhouse
On the Karen Gunderson Monograph by Elizabeth Frank Published by
If one thinks of Karen Gunderson only as the extraordinarily unique artist who was able to elicit infinite possibilities from cloud formations or to make us realize the intense possibilities of creating contour and form out of the intractability of black paint, this publication will reveal the limitations of those perceptions. In her highly evocative text Elizabeth Frank expands our perception of the scope of Gunderson’s career as she surveys Gunderson’s youthful influences at home and at school, and the challenges and decisions she has made all throughout in her career. What becomes clear is that through the Minimalist and Color Field episodes of the 1970s, the postmodern revisionism of the 1980s and 90s and the globalism of the 2000s, Gunderson has navigated form, technique and content at each moment to establish her place in each context, indicating her tenacity and ability to forge her unique path in the art world.
- Lowery Sims
Elizabeth Frank is a gifted writer who traces painter Karen Gunderson’s deepening engagement with cosmic themes and the natural world. This is a beautiful book, beautifully written, produced with great care and understanding, which allows one to examine the work of Gunderson and to understand its evolution. Frank is able to interpret Gunderson’s vision and its increasingly dramatic imagery based on an original technique with sensitivity and insight rare in an art book.
- Barbara Rose