I’m delighted to invite you to Pour, a two-person show featuring my new paintings alongside the work of Kathryn Macnaughton, at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City.
I spent this past December tucked away in snowy Hudson Valley, painting an entirely new body of work during my artist residency at the Macedonia Institute. Pour will exhibit these paintings in my first major New York exhibit.
My recent paintings orbit around a study of senses. Sensory perception is a growing focus in my life and my work because I have synesthesia. When I’m experiencing heightened emotion, I see blurs of lush color in my peripheral vision. Basically, my mind interprets emotion as color. To me, it’s really there — as if I’m holding a colored filter over part of my vision. Looking straight ahead, my sight is unaffected. But, in the peripheries there are rich washes of cyan, burnt orange, phthalo blues or fuchsia.
As soon as I shift my focus towards these mercurial colors, they dissipate.
There are a lot of moments like these that happen on the sidelines — in the periphery. When we close our eyes, we still see the color and distorted shapes left over from the light entering our eyes. The periphery is always where the good stuff comes from. That’s what I’m drawn to.
Every mark I make is a reaction to the previous. It’s a physical process and I work on several pieces at once, careful to allow each painting time to settle before making the next decision. The negative space in my work is equally as important as the marks my body is making.
Pour will also highlight the work of Kathryn Macnaughton — an artist whose studio practice, alternative painting methods, and career growth I am continually impressed by.
I was first introduced to Macnaughton’s work through BEERS London, and was struck by how she was able to control beautiful, chaotic washes and bold painted lines. It looks as if they were first drawn digitally with a finger on a tablet. The result is effortless, but layered. I’m honored to share the gallery walls with Macnaughton.
Pour will take place at Joshua Liner’s street level gallery space in Chelsea. Please join Kathryn and myself for the opening on January 24th 6-8pm. The show will be open to the public from January 24th through February 23rd.
Joshua Liner Gallery is located in Chelsea in New York City: 540 W 28th Street, New York, NY 10001
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