ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Jamie Brunson, Robert Townsend, Fausto Fernandez - Turner Carroll Gallery - June 21st - July 10th <p>The artists in Turner Carroll&rsquo;s Roy G. Biv exhibition all use color as the visual language of artistic ecstasy. Fernandez, a Mexican artist now living in the U.S., places layer upon layer of color, embellishing his paintings with diamond dust glitter, to magnify and reflect the chromatic effect. Undeniably influenced by the festive use of color in Mexican culture, he collages colorful flowers; draws energetic lines with crayon, and his works emerge as a triumph of colorful beauty. Fernandez&rsquo;s works were recently featured in the touring museum exhibition, <em>Beauty Reigns: &nbsp;Baroque Sensibilities in Contemporary Art.</em></p> <p>Likewise, Townsend uses explosive color and celebratory themes in his hyper-realistic watercolors. Candy and lollipops, polka dots, and modernist analog clocks, all express the child-like excitement of color. &nbsp;Townsend&rsquo;s colorful pop works are included in top museum collections such as the Getty Museum and the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation in California.</p> <p>Brunson is more of a pure colorist, and she uses deep hues and bold shapes to achieve meditative transcendence. Brunson has received numerous art residencies, and her works are included in the American Embassy in Doha, Qatar, and museums throughout the U.S.</p> <p>These three artists, like artists since the beginning of time, use the universal language of color to communicate directly through our senses, on the most powerful level.</p> Sun, 29 May 2016 18:29:02 +0000 Holly Roberts, Wanxin Zhang - Turner Carroll Gallery - May 31st - June 19th <p>SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/xinfo/%20TCG/press%20releases/2016%20Press%20Releases/tcg_reconstruction_pressrelease.doc</p> <p>Both Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang reconstruct reality by repurposing it. Roberts, one of New Mexico&rsquo;s most influential contemporary artists, photographs nature and elements of our physical world. &nbsp;She doesn&rsquo;t re-present the imagery she photographs; she constructs entirely new images using magnified tiny areas of texture. While her images are undeniably residential in her personal interior world, they evoke &ldquo;memory&rdquo; or &ldquo;connection&rdquo; in all of us, because we recognize something familiar in them. Sometimes a tiny swath of a hair becomes an enlarged mass of texture in a bold, large, Roberts image. While we don&rsquo;t immediately identify what part of nature the textured area represents in reality, it speaks to us of humanity and a richness we all share.</p> <p>The terra cotta warriors found in Xian, buried near Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, largely influence Zhang, a Chinese artist. As a ceramicist, when he first saw these warriors that protected the burial site of the emperor, he was struck by the individuality displayed in every single sculpture. The fact that artists took such great care to give different human attributes to each warrior, lent reverence to their task. Zhang sees his &ldquo;warriors&rdquo; as all of us&mdash;contemporary man and woman. He imbues each of his &ldquo;warriors&rdquo; with symbols indicating contemporary life, such as spectacles, binoculars, and skateboards. He uses the same techniques with his clay and glazes, as the artist&rsquo;s millennia ago, thereby referencing the past while making a statement about contemporary life.</p> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:21:33 +0000