Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present Deluge, an exhibition of new work by Audra Weaser. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, September 10, 4-6 PM.
Audra Weaser’s work is rooted in the artist’s experiences in nature and personal memories, which are reinterpreted as layered abstract paintings. Each painting resonates a distinct emotional pitch through a slowly revealed image. She achieves her compositions through a process of intricately excavating through a top layer of white and preceding layers of specially mixed paint, whilereferencing moments, places and environments accumulated in her memories.
Weaser’s bold contrasts and compositions and her exhibition title, Deluge, evoke a sense of drama and tension, both optically and narratively. Soft, linear flows of paint emerge through sanded veils of white, as flecks and sparks of pigment blaze through from further depths, suggesting light bursting through a thick forest, reflecting on rippled water, striking against a frozen plane or breaking through a misty space. This balance she strikes between landscape reference and abstraction merges a Turner-like notion of the sublime, spiritual forces in nature, with the visual and technical intents of the French Impressionists.
“These paintings,” Weaser states, “are watery dense impressions of color-saturated foreign landscapes. The term ‘deluge’ stirs up images of nature in an extreme moment of uncertainty such as a downpour, flood or inundation of water. The paintings are gestural, with striated abstractions. They suggest light or electricity passing through the depths of the trees, casting shimmers of light into the surrounding waters. Contrasting its serene, natural setting, this marks a climactic moment of an extreme occurrence or a break in the storm.”