Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present Visions, an exhibition of new work by Audra Weaser. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, April 17, 5-7 PM.
Audra Weaser’s current series of paintings is based on the artist’s memories and experiences in nature, which are reinterpreted as layered abstract paintings. Weaser works intuitively to access visions from her memory, which translate pictorially as abstract paintings with furtive references to landscapes. The paintings read momentarily as dense, mossy landscapes reflecting their hazy mass in water, then the tactile, abstract integrity of the surfaces moves to the fore.
Each painting resonates a distinct emotional pitch, achieved by Weaser’s process of excavating through layers of specially mixed paint. Brushstrokes are formed through erasures that vary from bold to finite; color is similarly revealed by sanding through layers of pigment. Where earlier work focused on more minimal, atmospheric scenes, this current group of paintings brings a pronounced rawness held to the surface of the picture plane. Instead of softly receding to the background, the works contain bold, reaching movements of pigment that dominate entire surfaces. Flecks of blazing, contrasting color strike through deep, moody grounds in physically labored and emotionally charged works.
“My current series of paintings,” Weaser states, “Are abstract landscapes with formal and emotional relationships to nature. They invoke reference such as swampy bayous, mystical forests and light shining in from gathering weather. I work spontaneously to recover thoughts or visions from my memory. I reinterpret these scenes as physical manifestations of internal experiences.”