SOOTHSAYERS AND BACKYARD OASIS
Painting is the use of color and plane to create composition, these artists push the boundaries of that tradition. Although in practice, both artists make physical objects that exist dimensionally, their modes of production lie firmly within a painterly practice. Speer uses industrial materials like Plexiglas, casting resins, oil, glass, as well as acrylic paint to build highly layered art pieces that are more constructions than traditional paintings, though they occur within a rectangular frame with a flat surface. The layering achieved through the use of transparent and translucent materials engage with the basic functionality of traditional painting practices. Lindley turns the gallery space itself into a painting the viewer enters to explore the dimensionality of an architectural installation that functions as a painting. Her materials sometimes depart from the painting tradition as she often uses found objects as compositional elements within an artwork that depends on color and plane for meaning. As Speer’s paintings are confined to a traditional format with industrial materials, Lindley’s works explode past the picture frame and engulf the viewer, but her materials tend to be more traditional in nature as she applies acrylic paint directly to the architecture of the space using walls, ceiling, and floor as her canvas. Both artists are truly painters but seek the liminal space between painting and object-ness after the tradition of Frank Stella, Josef Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jessica Stockholder.
Eva Speer received an MFA in painting from Indiana University and attended college at the University of Washington and Otis College of Art and Design. She has had solo exhibitions at Beaux-Arts des Ameriques in Montreal, QC and several at Hartman Fine Art in Portland, OR, and group exhibitions in Aspen, CO, Oakland, CA, and at the Seattle Art Museum.
Kasey Lou Lindley received an MFA in painting from University of Connecticut and attended Ringling College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Program. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Ogden, UT, Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota, FL as well as New York City, Istanbul, Turkey, Rijeka, Croatia, Germany, and Boston.