The paintings in “One More Step of the Journey 2013” are about the act of painting. Although individually the paintings possess different intensities, opposing levels of complexity and abstraction, and perhaps a vague adherence to a narrative, the core of the process of painting remains consistent. The paintings are merely a reflection of the process of painting them. Every process is unique, like no other, and often influenced by my mood that day, the weather, who I have been talking to, what I cooked the night before, what materials are available to me, etc.
Typically I begin with random strokes then respond with subsequent strokes, swipes, or plunges over and over until I have a chaotic situation on the canvas. At this point my job as a painter is to achieve a relative equilibrium, internally and externally, that guides me to the completion of the composition. The magic of painting can never be totally explained. I find great joy in discovering the emerging world of a new painting. Although harmony of the mind and the heart is important, the metabolic process of converting color, form and line into the forces that drive the painting is absolutely necessary. And when I can do no more, I walk away. I call the painting finished… until the next time.
Anthropomorphic creatures, assemblage characters, photography, rough hewn baskets, jewelry - – that’s just a sampling from “Bait,” the Acme Art Studios spring show and studio tour from 6-9, April 26, at 711 North Fifth Avenue.. Acme artists invite you to see what they have been making during the grey days of winter. The show features the eclectic mix of new and archival works by the 20 studio artists who make up the Acme community. Although the artists work independently, common elements always emerge when a group show is hung. Fritzi Huber’s rubbings ” Archeological Finds,” elevate the ordinary to thought provoking while Dick Roberts combines windshield glass and body prints for an evolving study of the human form. Karen Crouch and Michelle Connolly continue exploring creatures, real and imaginary, through combinations of formed and found objects. Taking off in a new direction Michael Van Hout offers rough hewn baskets loosely woven of wisteria and willow. From traditional painting and drawing to abstract metal work ACME’s fourth Friday exhibit lures you into an art evening with something for every taste.
This Fourth Friday Gallery Night in Wilmington, NC Visit the studios to see works by Michelle Connolly, plus works by Sandra Ihly who is living town and UNCW students’ collage works. Gallery Open 6-9pm. Exhibition on display until April 16th 2013