From Still Life to Abstraction
From October 7th through January 7th, The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ will present From Still Life to Abstraction, a solo exhibition of large abstract and realistic paintings by New York artist, Marsha Solomon.
Marsha Solomon’s large, color-field abstractions are inspired by the early abstract expressionist painters. Her work has been often likened to Helen Frankenthaler’s while also displaying echoes of the bold brushwork of Motherwell and the saturated tonality of Morris Louis. Yet, Solomon, while gently referencing that era, is not afraid to step away from that path and find her own. The paintings in her From Rhythm to Form series employ the use of a simple circular motif in the center, created by pouring pure color onto unprimed canvas and allowing it to soak into the fiber and infuse it with raw energy. Around this vibrant yet diffuse center, she encircles the circle with vigorous, thick, impasto paint. A circle inside a circle, thin and thick paint, positive and negative space, all combine to become a sublime, magical universe. Intense colors float, making bold statements about the fundamental forms of art, and at the same time whispering in undertones of states of mind and the inner self.
Her still-life paintings from the series Tapestries also present her own unique vision. For these, she uses intricately woven fabrics, objects collected from around the world, brightly colored glass, and antiques to create complex, patterned compositions reminiscent of Matisse, but inspired by sources as varied as Japanese woodblock prints, Dutch genre paintings and the still-life paintings of Cézanne. Solomon’s training in abstraction comes through in this series, as objects are flattened, pared down to the essential elements of color, line and form.
Also on exhibition will be a new group of pen and ink drawings on paper from a series titled, All and Everything. In these small, luminous works, intense color and fluid lines are composed into joyful, often playful abstract works that may bring to mind gardens or animals but whose exact origins are never fully revealed. They are brightly colored, intimately scaled works reminiscent of manuscript illuminations and the paintings of Kandinsky.
Marsha Solomon is a New York area artist who paintings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries. Her work has been the subject of recent exhibitions in Chelsea and on Long Island and she has shown frequently in New York and New Jersey. It has also been published widely in books and magazines.
From Still Life to Abstraction is one of four exhibitions comprising the fall/winter show at the Atrium Gallery. It is organized and curated by Dr. Lynn Seibert. The Atrium Gallery, in the Administration and Records Building, is sponsored by Morris Council for the Arts, and presents exhibitions of the work of local and regional contemporary artists.