Affect / Effect
Bay Area painter, Robin McDonnell, opens an exhibition of new work at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, January 7, with a reception for the artist from 5:30-7:30 pm. The series on view, Affect / Effect, expresses her increasing interest in the gestural energy the artist imposes on the canvas, and the “complex and unforeseeable results” of that exchange.
In recent works, Robin McDonnell continues her exploration of movement and change through active, expressive paintings. Deftly balancing the spontaneity of chance with calculated responses, McDonnell applies layers of sweeping brushstrokes in complex hues to create bold, dramatic surfaces. Earth tones are interspersed with glints of silver, quickly moving between thick, opaque and sheer, translucent layers of color. The energetic, sometimes turbulent, compositions are evocative of dynamic forces of nature.