For JK Gallery’s last exhibition of 2009, we’re proud to present a two-person show of works by Janis Goodman and Jessica McCambly. Both artists are interested in the expressive power of line and personal mark-making as well as the excitement of rhythm and movement found in nature.
Janis Goodman’s inspiration from the visceral experience of immersing herself within the landscape defines her as both an artist as well as simply a person. Goodman’s paintings and drawings remind viewers of the richness present in the lush, organic world often not contemplated by urbanites and of nature’s at times unexpected or unstable tendencies. Drawing from water, nests, marshes and earth, Goodman observes compelling movement, which in her imagery appears emotional and subjective (especially through her bold use of color), though also meticulously collected from the outside world.
Jessica McCambly also represents the experiential nature of her physical surroundings through her art. She sees elegance in fleeting moments and in simple organic movements. Her current paintings specifically examine the “rhythmic instances of waves crashing on the beach,” reducing this phenomena visually to line and color on a blank field. Her poetic installations use this same imagery to create delicate movements across a wall. Documenting these moments first in 2006 in Puerto Rico, McCambly continues to make these observations on the beaches of Southern California where she now lives.