Chiaroscuro will present a Holiday Group Show from November 27 – January 2, 2010. The show presents new work from Seth Anderson and Phillis Ideal and welcomes Tracy Krumm and Kay Khan as new represented artists.
The subconscious mind serves as subject matter for this series of paintings by Seth Anderson. What culminates is the creation of organic images that examine both observation and expression. Anderson says, “These pieces suggest a free-flowing line of subconscious thought that is restricted in some way. What I believe it involves is the process of thinking through everyday realities, of dealing with responsibilities, balancing practical considerations with creativity and of trying to be truly free.” Anderson incorporates collage, construction, painting and drawing which is then adhered to either Plexiglas or board and lastly coated with beeswax. The results are intelligent, imaginative and intriguing work.
Phillis Ideal has put together a fresh group of 11 small paintings (14”x11”) on paper titled, “Otranto”. These works are loose abstractions employing much thinner layers of paint and collage than we are used to from Phillis . As usual, her compositions are vibrant and gestural with confidant brush strokes moving at high speed! The works were created during a recent residency in Otranto Italy. Painting in a castle on the Adriatic Sea, Ideal responded to her immediate environment as well as the rich layered art history of the area.
Kay Khan’s mixed media sculptures are constructed with elaborate collaged fabrics and expressively stitched lines. Khan’s new series titled Armor and Façade starts with ordinary ready-made garments which she deconstructs and then “armors” with quilting, imagery and text. Khan says, “Garments have their mundane yet necessary purpose to protect us from the elements. But they are obviously more than that in every society. They are our “decoration”; they express and reflect who we are as individuals and as a culture.”
Tracy Krumm’s crocheted and fabricated metal forms are grounded in the history of both sculpture and women’s handwork. Her work uses repetitive processes of crochet and blacksmithing to question and comment on issues of duality, gender, balance, power and personal identity. Krumm has exhibited internationally and is in museum collections including: the Denver Art Museum; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, among others.