Watercolorist Christine Aria creates delicate figurative compositions that seem to rest right on the surface of the paper. Originally an oil painter, this artist picked up watercolor as a temporary fix to compensate for time and ease of shipping while completing an out-of-state residency. Years later, Christine continues to create ethereal watercolor compositions while searching for ways to push the boundaries of her medium.
Isis Hockenos creates vividly colored, abstract figure paintings. Her stunning compositions spotlight moments of everyday life and elevate them to marvelous occasions. The subject of her art pieces emerge from subconscious reactions to events in her personal life. These introspective visual dialogues then manifest beyond her and culminate in powerful reflections on societal expectations.
Printmaker James Tucker, and modern dancer, Alexa Eisner, come together for a performance that will activate The Midway Gallery during our artist tours & happy hour on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The performance intends to spotlight the course of creation in the same way as James’ “process landscapes" exhibited in Terrain: Navigating Landscapes.
"Tour to Terrain" winds down with our final blog post on Elisa's "vanventure" across several states.
As part of the Midway Gallery's exhibition, Terrain: navigating landscapes, Elisa will be showing the three paintings she made on the road, accompanied by her sketchbooks and sound recordings as an audio-visual installation.
"I imagine people putting on these headphone and only hearing these clips while looking through the book to will help them understand what I was experiencing while making the work they are seeing," Elisa writes.
Alexa Eisner has a background in social rebellion through dance in which art interrupts the redundancy of public spaces. For the opening reception of Terrain: navigating landscapes, she will be synthesizing dance and paint in a performance that will challenge traditional concepts of what “landscape” is and provoke viewers to consider the environments traversed outside of the physical and external.
Working out of his San Francisco studio on the outer edges of the city’s Mission district, Mark Garrett transforms neglected maps picked up at flea markets into intricately cut, mixed-media pieces that read like geographic oil-spills.
Mark’s intriguing deconstructed maps draw viewers in with an air of familiarity while simultaneously displacing them. The nature of the medium stirs an innate need to orient oneself by searching for clues in what remains visible: a body of water here, a cluster of mountain ranges there, and on occasion, a partial text label still visible.
“The thing I love about working abstractly is that you’re really forcing people to sort of tap into stuff that they think they’re seeing, but they’re not really sure they’re seeing,” Mark adds.
* Featured photo provided by the artist *
For Terrain James is presenting a series he refers to as “process landscapes,” in which the act of creation is the focus of his large, collaged compositions. For these pieces James uses his 1952 Heidelberg Windmill to venture into solidly abstract territory and touch upon the conceptual.
James’ new, reductive direction in his “process landscapes” is heavily reminiscent of the Process Art movement of the 60s and 70s which has been expressed in several mediums but has yet to be seen in printmaking. In employing monoprints and allowing mishaps like the ink running low, misprints, and other “defects” to remain a part of the final form, James effectively exposes what happens behind the closed doors of a printmaking shop when creating a piece of fine art.
In this third installment of Elisa Gomez's "Tour to Terrain," Elisa makes her way through Wyoming where the expansive wilderness introduces a distinctly new palette in the creation of her second painting. The artist discusses the process of making her newest large-scale piece, and her life on the road--now nearly 2 months a nomad.
Mixed-media painter, Tracey Kessler, creates huge compositions inspired by the daily occurrences in her life and the environment around her. Using a diverse collection of materials to explore texture and color, the layers of Tracey’s paintings can include anything from acrylic, spray paint, sumi ink, varnish, to coffee stains, eggshells, and hooks. These paintings are then intentionally exposed to the elements, as Tracey works the natural weathering into her pieces.
Terrain artist, Karina Bania's serene, reduced-form landscapes depict the tangible world around us, as well as the invisible, yet perceptible geography of everyday moments. These “inner landscapes,” as the artist calls them, give color and form to the emotive territory we venture through.