The Pacific Coast Highway surges northward from Dana Point, CA racing the ocean for 655 miles before disappearing without a trace just near the lone gas station in Leggett, CA. People come from all over the world just to have the view fly by their windows at 60 miles an hour. In her new exhibition "Series in Sand and Sky," Gay Summer Rick pulls the car over, ensuring that you don't miss some of the most stunning views along this All American Road.
The paintings feel as though she's snuck up on these settings unaware. "After the Crowds" captures the loneliness of an empty beach moments after the sun has gone down. All that seems to distinguish the road from the water at the hour of dusk are the silvery strands that stretch along the "Quiet Highway."
Rick uses a palette knife to layer harmonizing colors onto the canvas, giving a sense that each scene is alive just under the surface. So, while you view this exhibition at Bleicher/Golightly with your feet planted firmly on the ground, you might just smell the salt breeze, or feel the wind in your hair.
Bleicher/Golightly presents its second solo exhibit by Malibu artist Gay Summer Rick. Gay’s work is an intermingling of form and color that can be compared both to color-field painters of the late 20th century and the impressionist painters of the late 19th century. Using the application of pallet knife to overlay colors the artist hopes to create vibrations and harmonies between interacting color layers. The works would stand alone as abstract color-field pieces even without the coastal subject matter, glowing with living color like a Rothko. However the artist’s aim is not just color for the sake of color but to convey an impression or an an emotional imprint of place through the vibration of interacting layers of paint, transcending representation and abstraction and placing the viewer in a state of metaphysical connection with an environment.