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2309 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004
January 18th, 2014 - March 1st, 2014
Opening: January 18th, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

United States
11 am - 6 pm, Tues - Sat
works on paper


Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring works by Marietta Patricia Leis and Ruth Pastine. The exhibition will open January 18, 2014, and will close March 1, 2014.

Marietta Patricia Leis will be showing luminous oil paintings and work on paper including ink drawings of night skies, reductive landscape watercolors and Japanese ink paintings on Japanese washi paper. Inspired by the translucent light, blue skies and sea, Leis initiated her work with Japanese ink and paper during an artist residency with the Valparaiso Foundation on Spanish Mediterranean. Leis’ most recent artist residency on a Greek island at the Ionian Center for the Arts expanded her exploration of the medium to 10-foot long scrolls. The process allows a very short window of time to paint with the inks as the color transfuses with the paper.  Drawing on her extensive travel experience and her deep encounters with nature, Leis’ oil paintings are rendered with a minimalist’s palette through nuanced layers of textures, subtle gradations of color and luminous glazes. The late New York Times critic William Zimmer noted that Leis’ paintings follow in the abstract sublime tradition of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Her work investigates the phenomenon of color, which is ingrained in our everyday experiences. Leis’ ten-year survey in 2013 prompted Huffington Post critic Peter Frank to write, “Leis has translated the essences of places into non-objective icons that extol and focus the divine magic of such places. These are more than mere delights; they are quietly ecstatic revelations.“

Marietta Patricia Leis has been awarded numerous Artist Residencies throughout the world, which have facilitated her deep immersion into diverse cultures and environments. Her work is shown internationally and is in many public collections. Leis has lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles, has a MFA from the University of New Mexico and currently lives in Albuquerque. Her multimedia touring exhibition, GREEN, premiered in Fort Worth in 2012 and has since shown in 6 Venues including currently the Las Cruces Art Museum (NM).

Accompanying Leis’ tranquil ink and watercolors, the exhibition will also feature minimalist oil paintings and pastel works on paper from Ruth Pastine. Focused intently on the process of painting and working serially, Pastine creates works using complementary color systems that explore the phenomenological investigation of color and it’s optical invocation of temperature, light, and spatial interplay, Pastine's process explores the perceptual interaction of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate the dialogue between object, presence, and phenomena and reveals the dialectic of materiality and immateriality, presence and absence, matter and light, surface and depth. Through her work, color and light are reduced to their most elemental form; thousands of tiny brush strokes appear visually seamless, producing an image that is both objective and pure.  Although the appearance of brushwork remains almost indiscernible, the eye detects the vitality of the hand informing the nuanced shifting of color and light and engaging the viewer in the present tense of discovery.

Ruth Pastine is concurrently having her first museum survey exhibition titled Attraction: 1993-2013 at MOAH- The Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA with catalog essays by Donald Kuspit and Peter Frank. Pastine was born and raised in New York City and currently lives and works in Ojai, California. She received her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY in painting and art history and her M.F.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York in painting, critical theory, and color theory and her work is exhibited and collected internationally.