Trio Fine Art’s Kathryn Mapes Turner presents her latest works in a new show, Time In-Between. Opening with an artist’s reception July 29, 5-8 pm, the exhibition remains up through August 15. Time, and its impermanence, are Turner’s themes—these concepts are explored in oils and drawings of landscape and animals.
Turner’s work is ever more tonalist, more reductive and evocative. Realism is not fully dissolved, though she often seems to be working towards abstraction in her oil paintings.
In fact, Turner theorizes that all visual art is “inspired by an abstract idea that is executed with a specific medium onto a fixed surface,” a thought developing into imagery. “My art is what happens between me, my subject and the medium which are all constantly changing” explains Turner.
Comparing this series of paintings to sedimentary rock—each composition is built up using multiple layers of paint—Turner notes that it was difficult to decide when any of her paintings were complete. Stratitfication of glazes and dry brush technique enable her paintings to take on a life of their own.
Check out Turner’s work on her website, or phone her directly, at 307.690.9632.
July 17-30, check out the work by collaborating (and married) artists Chris Reilly and Michelle Haglund, on display at Diehl Gallery. This post missed the show’s opening, but if you haven’t already, stop by the gallery to see these mystical, lovely works.
Encaustics play a big, if not complete, roll. Birds and bees, insects and little amorphous frogs—fantastic flowers and backgrounds of mottled gold, reds and greens suggest nature’s sensual core. I think of the Renaissance; flowers are used as ancient symbols in many cultures and have been since antiquity. Haglund says the artists’s household is filled with “enthusiastic nature explorations of various life forms.” Wax is the medium bringing the work of the two artists together—some works are by both artists, others by one or the other. They describe finished works as “fully ripened.”
For his part, Reilly seeks to inspire contemplation. “The stillness of meditation is echoed in the quietude of the finished painting that has undergone a process of creation, destruction and finally preservation. Creatures that transform, such as dragonflies and butterflies, are arranged in a loose grid symbolizing the enduring pattern of regeneration. Branches, laden with blossoms and fruit, stretch across the canvas receiving light and mimicking a human limb. These works are built up with wax and scraped down until a feeling of serenity is achieved,” he notes.
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Jackson painter and photographer (and, we should add, portraitist) Alison Brush says she will have two shows in Jackson this summer. Currently, new works are on display at Betty Rock Cafe through August 6.
“The realms between waking consciousness and sleep fascinate me,” says the artist. Fluid and rhythmic, these paintings would rock you to sleep were they music. Dreams of the oceans. Wriggle into spaces swimming in refracted, swirling color. Meditate, imagine your wildest dreams coming true.
Brush’s cyclonic paintings flow towards infinity, and beyond.
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