Good morning! Another beautiful sunny day. Here’s is today’s post card du jour. Black and magenta acrylic with a gold ink blot ( ok, acrylic blot). What do you see?
Galatea Fine Art is included in the Boston Globe Magazine’s “Best Of New” article. If you haven’t made it to our new space, come on down and see what the buzz is about. Join us for the opening of Emotion/Imagine on Friday, February 5th from 6-8 pm. See you there!!
This felt hard today. As I looked at my table I felt like I had done everything I was considering doing. Which, of course, is crazy. There are endless possibilities. The tricky part is that I challenge myself to use the materials immediately at hand on my table. That can be limiting. Anyway, why a goat on this one? Good question! He just seemed right for the card…
Opening Reception — Friday, February 5, 2010, 6-8pm
Meet the Artists — Sunday, February 21, 2-4pm
At Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Kathleen Hendrick of Southboro, MA, and Becky Kisabeth Gibbs of Wayland, MA, will be exhibiting their two-person show at Galatea Fine Art, Boston’s newest contemporary cooperative art gallery in the SOWA district February 4 to February 28, 2010.
Kathleen Hendrick’s complex, mixed media compositions explore the emotions originating from deep within the human psyche. She combines intricate drawings and abstracted forms to create dense and colorful images. She builds her collages with materials ranging from the exotic, such as fibrous Japanese rice paper, to common household resources. Layers are pressed with texture, printed, removed, painted, scratched away and sanded. These processes mirror how our own lives may be built up or worn away by the society in which we live. Hendrick’s recent work references the inner layers of the human psyche: what lies hidden, what is revealed, and the range of emotions found therein.
Becky Kisabeth Gibbs’ biomorphic abstract paintings suggest a vista of duality: imaginary or real? The works disrupt the experience of scale and space so as to create ambiguity: between large and small, microscopic or interstellar. Shapes within this abstract thought space can explode or implode. The first step of her process is at once controlled and uncertain: dropping India ink onto wet paper, washing it off, and repeating the process until the composition emerges. Gibbs’ paintings reveal her interest in scientific imagery, including the scanning electron microscope, photography from space, and naturally occurring patterns such as fractals. The imagery is referenced for its abstract qualities, and is compelling to the artist because it is not readily evident to the invisible eye without the use of technology, yet is underlying all of nature and its beauty.
This is a return to my roots. When I started collage I worked mostly with images that I tore from magazines. I loved the colors in this ad so I ripped it out of a magazine and then ripped it into pieces. I found that blurb “pulse of the planet” in my ripped shreds and liked it. I just reassembled everything in a new way.
Well, this one is a lesson in leaving well enough alone. I applied some crumpled wax paper. Then I palette knifed on some paint. Then I put some paint down the middle. Should have stopped there. I tried adding some marker to the middle which looked awful. So I needed to add more paint to cover it up which left it looking rather worse for wear. What was that mantra again – I won’t like them all. Oh well.