ONE THIRD WHITE
March 15 - April 25 at Artspace Warehouse:
One Third White
New art exhibition ONE THIRD WHITE opens March 15, 2014 at Artspace Warehouse. Composed primarily of black and white artworks that explore the multifaceted dimensions found in each of us, this exhibition features a talented group of artists including Jennifer Hansen, Brenda Holzke, Barbara Kolo, Mike Becker and Ron Piller.
Opening Reception Sat, March 15, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Winner of the 2013 RAWards visual artist of the year, Jennifer Hansen is an up-and-coming artist. She creates her expressive artworks mainly of graphite, charcoal and many translucent layers of oil on top of dry media, showing each layer of the painting. For her this symbolizes the complexities of people and how we are each not yet completed; we are all a work in progress. The viewer is meant to be able to peer through the window of the person, seeing ones vulnerability and exposing the deep recesses of the heart.
Los Angeles artist Brenda Holzke also works in layers, creating additional dimension while allowing the viewer to glimpse the intricate stages of her process. She carefully cuts, reassembles and layers painted papers and paint onto found board. After completing many layers, she paints over parts of the artwork again, offering a new perspective by giving each medium some of the characteristics of the other. A continuous thread throughout her work is the marriage between color, pattern and texture, each building on the other to create the final cohesive form.
Barbara Kolo's series of black and white works on paper are composed through a dizzying diligence of creation. She carefully stamps dots over the paper with ink in varying intensities, allowing the saturation of the color and the layering of dots to create depth. She uses graphite to make delicate lines counting each dot she places, the dots and lines appearing together in her composition. The title of the artwork is a number, her total count of dots in the finished work.
Los Angeles artist Ron Piller creates his mixed media artworks by first layering newsprint onto wood. He then adds red pencil marks delineating various geometric patterns. He goes over this with acrylic paint which he sands when dry, revealing parts of the newspaper and lines beneath. Finally he covers the entire composition with resin, creating a beautiful reflective surface that provides a window into the work. The constantly changing visual interaction between his artwork and the space it inhabits is Piller’s attempt to convey to the viewer the spiritual world surrounding us all.
Mike Becker was born in 1972 in San Antonio, Texas, raised in Maryland and currently resides in Los Angeles. He derives inspiration from the balance of the natural environment as well as the impact of human intervention. His style emulates a natural ebb and flow of geological and biological construction and destruction. Through the use of texture, he creates artworks with depth and mystery.
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