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Solo Show, Breaking Patterns

BREAKING PATTERNS explores Laura McClanahan’s interest in transformation. The action of deconstructing solids and breaking through to the emerging potential of new possibilities is central to the development of her abstract language. Her technique is straightforward and unpretentious. Each series is created in one session where she arranges glass objects and takes a hammer to them. Next, ink, oil, and water, salt and acrylic medium are added to the shattered glass to emphasize patterns, much like staining a laboratory slide. She continues to manipulate the still life, increasing the fluids and allowing the piece to take form as the medium streams through the empty spaces. Paint is introduced for its physical properties alone, as there is nothing intentionally painterly in her efforts. McClanahan’s focus is on process and facilitating change until the progressive stages of the composition's cycles are completed.

Fascinated by the archetypal patterns that emerge in abstractionism, McClanahan creates dramatic spaces in these slowly built up layers of color and movement. Transparent to opaque shapes relate conveying the changes of character when influenced by time, experience or placement. Groupings consist of multiple smaller forms in varied arrangements, drawing the viewer into the depths beyond the smooth surface. The influence of shadows intertwined with light hold context for paradoxical expression. Still there is symmetry and confluence and natural patterns emerge as the viewer discovers relationships in the artistry of Laura McClanahan’s seemingly random construction.

Breaking Patterns are digitally printed using archival Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inks on Lyve canvas coated with Timeless matte varnish. Sized to 36"x36.”

Posted by Laura McClanahan on 9/6/11

Press Release

Simon Gallery is pleased to present Laura McClanahan in an exhibit opening Tuesday, April 21 and continuing through and Saturday, May 23, 2009. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, April 24, 6-8 p.m. This is Ms. McClanahan’s first solo exhibition at Simon Gallery.

Laura McClanahan’s photography is an investigative study of the optical properties of water, glass and light. In her constructed worlds, she manipulates the mineral and through imposing surfaces and introducing filtered color, she works with life’s most elemental substance to create a narrative about what makes something alive. With her plates and vials she explores the ambiguities between familiar details and abstract configurations in the contained water. Fascinated by archetypal forms, (such as drop, wave and vortex),
captured in the surface tension, McClanahan draws relationships to the influences of repetitive patterning in nature and in the mind of the observer.

In these photographs, Photo Cells, the constructed imagery is an artificial environment that portrays a dream-like experience of swimming through a forest in the surf of the ocean. These micro-marine algae, plankton and seaweeds are the cumulative effect of many cells gathered together through her process and magnified by the zoom of the camera’s lens. They are portraits of green tides and algal blooms, bubbles of sea foam and nutrients decaying. Even though there are no real microorganisms from the sea involved. This is Laura McClanahan’s science fictional world of life sustaining qualities where technology takes the eye to places beyond what has been foreseen or imagined. These 30” x 40” digital photographs are part of an ongoing body of work that initiated in 2005.

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