Rincon Paintings is a new series by Jennifer Wolf that is deeply rooted in a nostalgic appreciation for a small strip of beach where the artist lived as a young girl. The Rincon in Ventura, CA is a haven for surfers as well as an idyllic landscape that serves as a main inspiration for Wolf’s gestural and fluid abstractions.
Building on an earlier tradition of Flow paintings, Wolf adds to the formal presence of these new works by developing complex textures that possess a dimensional quality. These textures along with a palette that evokes an aquatic feel make the Rincon Paintings somehow capture the essence of the sea rather than literally representing it.
Wolf’s continued practice of combining acrylic medium with powder pigment in a nearly alchemical manner is a main component of her work. She is best known for a palette comprised exclusively from earth pigments, however, in this new series Wolf adds to her earth palette, incorporating a rich selection of brilliant inorganic pigments. Copper oxides and cerulean pass through indigo and ochre, their path of travel frozen in time illuminating a rich collaboration between the hand of the artist and the action of the materials. These Rincon Paintings are the evidence of Wolf’s process; they demonstrate via texture, color and form how in her distinct way she continues to explore how “paint happens.”
Jennifer Wolf is from Ventura, CA. She received her BA in Art History from UCLA, and her MFA from Otis College Of Art and Design. Wolf lives and works in Venice, Ca. This is her second exhibition with the gallery.