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Carlene Frances

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Carlene Frances, 2014
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Michigan
Birth year
1952
Lives in
Denver
Works in
Denver
Schools
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1998, BFA
Kendall College of Art & Design, 1971, Transfered
Representing galleries
Space Gallery Denver, CO., The William and Joseph Gallery, NM., Art Movement Colorado, Boulder, CO, Santa Fe
Tags
painting, conceptual, surrealism, modern
Statement

My paintings draw from the powerful Asain aesthetic that lives in me, a striving for serenity in a world inunadted by input; conscious acts of eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.

It's said that my work seems to glow with inner light. That isn't accidental. Each piece grows from as many as 30 layers of transparent glazes that give the surface a mutted luminosity and depth.  In the deceptively limited palette-in the freeing choices of monochrome-we cast off the excuses of color and resist the urge to wrestle vibrancy onto canvas.  In doing so, we discover an muted thing that lives deeper in the soul.. 

This is the principle of Shunyata; of dwellling in emptiness. To me, this quiet, immersive energy creates an anti-angst; a seductive, visceral breath.  Within those still waters, shapes, circles and gestural graphite lines create a harmony of opposites that delivers us into an image without brginning or end.

In the end view, this benevolent softness becomes a relinquishing of control by painter and viewer alike; one that lets us interact with the work in any way we want, with no strings attached.  From the immersion in light and the depth beyond the strict boundaries of canvas, comes a particular state of grace a transcendency that renews itself endlessly in the eye, and challenges our idea of what a painting can be.