Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art presents Spring Thaw, April 2 - May 1st, with a public reception, Friday April 2, 50in. This exciting inaugural exhibition of our 2010 season, is hung in our newly acquired exhibition space at 708 Canyon Road and our main space at 702 ½ Canyon. Formerly C Gallery, the new 1200 square foot space is located steps from the main gallery on Gypsy Alley. In 2010 we'll be presenting concurrent monthly exhibitions from both locations. Spring Thaw features new work by gallery artists and is on exhibit in both Chiaroscuro locations.
Local artist Chip Dunahugh's energetic and vibrantly colored cutouts combine the aesthetics of graffiti art with formal abstraction to create a dancing visual language. His two-dimensional works combine elements of painting and collage and balance color and spatial relationships, frenzy and control. Dunahugh is a guest artist at Chiaroscuro.
The acrylic paintings of Mateo Galvano capture a sense of open space and inspire feelings similar to those evoked by landscapes. His quiet abstractions lie between the representational and the non-objective, seeming to be about the sea and the sky without making any overt references. Formerly of Santa Fe, Galvano now resides in Ohio.
New York based artist Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee) juxtaposes imagery into series of convergences: sometimes combining opposites like day and night, sometimes combining natural features of landscape with geometric patterns. WalkingStick's meaningful combinations make her pieces into self-contained diptychs.
The photographs of Gunnar Plake echo the look of landscapes in one's field of vision while in motion. Rather than focusing on details in the landscape, Plake's photographs call your attention to the patterns created by interactions of light and color. The new series of work presented at Chiaroscuro feature Plake's seascapes taken in Boothbay Harbor, Maine this past fall.
Yatika Starr Fields' (Cherokee, Creek, and Osage) paintings are hallucinogenic maelstroms that contain figurative imagery in surreal combinations. Alive with meaning, Starr Fields' paintings are narrative, recalling memories perhaps from the artists own past, and presenting them with a sense of immediacy.
Emmi Whitehorse's (Navajo) light-filled combinations of oil and chalk on paper are airy and harmonious, expressing the joys of simply rendered figurative imagery in pure, linear drawings that seem to float in space, like fragments of memories or images glimpsed in dreams.
Rebecca Bluestone's dyed tapestries recall native weaving traditions but incorporate contemporary designs and landscapes. Infused with subtle allusions to sacred geometry, Bluestone's woven paintings tie notions of balance, harmony, and order to the land. Her more linear work is concerned with patterns in geometric configurations.
Siddiq Khan also uses geometric configurations in his work. His new ceramic sculptures explore the relationship between the language of symbols and sculptural form.
A painter for over 40 years, Bebe Krimmer's work conveys her interest in the night sky and the order imposed or intuited by the human observer. Taking inspiration from astronomical observances, she re-configures the night sky into her own mixed media abstractions. Her new body of work contains more stunning representations of the night sky rendered purely in paint.
(Images: Mateo Galvano, Daylight, Acrylic & graphite on wood , 16 x 16 inches ; Gunnar Plake, Thread of Life Islands, Type C print on aluminum , 23 x 31 inches; Yatika Starr Fields, Renewal, Oil on canvas, 53 x 43 inches; Bebe Krimmer, Andromeda , acrylic on canvas , 42 x 38 inches; Courtesy of the artists and Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art)