Summer Abstractions

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Installation view of Group Show, 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Limn Art Gallery
Installation view © Limn Art Gallery
Summer Abstractions

290 Townsend
San Francisco, CA 94107
July 25th, 2009 - September 12th, 2009
Opening: July 25th, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

LIMN Gallery is pleased to present “Summer Abstractions,” a group show of three gallery abstract artists who will each have solo exhibitions in 2010.

Thierry Feuz’s lacquer paintings are primarily a radical experimentation with materials. Each is an explosion of life and forms which, from the infinitely far to the infinitely small, comes forth like fireworks. But, hidden behind the allures of a Garden of Eden lie monsters and traps; honey and poison argue the favors of a nature coming into form. Feuz uses flowers as a pretext to play with unmixed colors. The subjects of his paintings are primarily justified by the possibilities they offer in terms of pictorial potential. These paintings are synonymous of a world of wonderful yet scary meanderings with neither time nor spatial limits. Thierry Feuz lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract art is a relatively new visual language with several subsets - color field, biomorphic, geometric to name a few dominant visual categories. For much of his practice, Sid Garrison has produced a blend of these and additional elements. He sometimes uses minimal sketches or notes as a way to ignite the drawing, dropping almost all of the geometry; at other times he broadens his palette and employs increased wandering lines - all in an attempt to put into play a dynamic that he calls an "abstract narrative." "I believe in intuition and inspiration... At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason." (Albert Einstein) This quote reflects Garrison’s current mode of thinking which engages the paradox of confidence and doubt working in tandem. His drawings find resolution as they go in often bold composition holding up the "confidence" in which blurred colors and lines demonstrate the "doubt." Sid Garrison works and lives in San Francisco.

Kim Squaglia paints with precision and to almost trompe l’oeil effect. She is interested in perceptual aspects of color in which layering and gradual hue changes create the illusion of space and movement. She builds very detailed and refined images that contrast with areas of void space masterfully layered under coats of resin. Biological forms and references to the vastness of space are transformed into delicate web-like chrysanthemums, drippy tendrils interwoven with thin string and star shaped creatures. Kim Squaglia works and lives in Sacramento.