By harnessing the physicality of my abstract work and blending it with the fluidity of the figure, I am attempting a complicated, multi-layered investigation of the feminine. In the making of this work, I intentionally marred the surface, mined for deep textures, distorted proportions and exaggerated imperfect lines capturing the complexities of what it means to be human and female. I seek to evoke a sense of power and vulnerability in the stance and expression of these figures while simultaneously creating a less ‘pretty’ or perfect version of the exposed body. This allowed me to explore the complex contradictions and juxtapositions of the roles we are bound to, emotionally and historically as well as in the context of current culture. My intent is to shift the historically male gaze of sexualized objectification to the complex psychological experiences of the female herself. We are all uniquely scarred, broken and disfigured with our stories written in our bodies. Yet it is this in this exposure and vulnerability we embody our power and evolve both individually and as a society.
Basic Space Gallery is proud to present Hobbs Waters collection of artwork, Inhumane activities brought us here.
First Thursday: September 6th @ 5:30 - 8:30
Q&A Reception: September 23rd @ 1:00
Show Dates: September 6th - September 29th
Inhumane activities brought us here is a five piece abstract series surrounding social justice issues. Each painting corresponds with an essay that goes in depth regarding the various topics: Privilege, Racism, Environment, Sexism, and Education. This work took a year to complete from research, exploring the topics, writing, and painting.
Basic Space Gallery is proud to present L McDonald’s latest series of paintings, Emergence.
First Thursday: August 2nd @ 5:30 - 8:30
Show dates: August 2nd - September 1st
The title of my show is “Emergence” and it’s about the process of becoming exposed after being concealed. It’s a “coming out” - not about gender exclusively although that is a factor, but about personhood - about claiming my space as an artist – about overcoming feeling marginalized by age, economic status or lack of a partner, and by gender as pertains to a feeling of inferiority in the art world – as men have been in control for so long and so pervasively. It’s about embracing all the parts of myself, including the shadow side – about accepting the complexities and incongruity of being human. It’s about being unafraid to express feeling and thoughts that might cause disagreement or discomfort to others.
In a time of chaos and upheaval, one longs for a quiet place. Not particularly drawn to landscape in my work, these images seem to be what I needed at this moment. “Take me to a place I’ve never been before…” are travels through my conscious and unconscious mind and with no preconceivedidea, they surprised me in their final state. I let the paintings reveal themselves as I worked, following the path to their completion.
Our memories and dreams store rich content of important symbols, metaphor and themes that are available for reconstruction. These paintings are an experience of finding what is important to me right now, a calm and quiet place. Painting is a challenge and a puzzle, a making of something that is visually unique and a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath, the hidden history of what went before using the substrate as the arena where the narrative takes place.
We will have two of our newest members of the gallery showcasing their work together for June.
Aaron Stansberry creates rhythmic lyrical, poetic oil and cold wax paintings; creating this ethereal serenity in the subtle shifts of color and mark making.
Deborah Bridges is predominantly a sculpture artist with us and has a few abstracted landscapes of encaustic and oil.
The works compliment one another and you can easily see them being purchased together to create a modern elegant design in your home! We are excited to be showcasing these artists together and hope you enjoy us on First Thursday in the Pearl District!
"As an artist and musician, the elements of line, rhythm and movement are primary interests whether in visual or auditory form. Wire, wood, metal—the materials of musical instruments—are my materials in sculpture. Metal and wood conduct sound and respond to touch. Wire conveys movement and rhythm by its very essence.
The sculptures and monotypes in this exhibit are inspired by two different forms of musical composition—toccatas and fugues. The toccata, typically written for keyboard, is usually free-form, determined and frenetic in nature, often displaying the performer’s skill or 'touch'. The fugue involves systematic imitation of a main theme (subject) by different melodic lines (voices) that enter in succession and develop in counterpoint. Both of these musical forms, with their emphasis on line and rhythm, continue to motivate and challenge me as an artist." - Alison
Basic Space Gallery is pleased to announce our newest addition to the gallery line up of Represented Artist, Suzanne Vaughan. On display in April, will be a featured exhibition of her oil paintings in the Shimmer series, one of which is pictured as the cover photo here.
The artist describes the series below:
"The Shimmer Series is a colorful, atmospheric series which explores themes of optimism, strength and growth. These concepts are expressed through the incorporation of both metallic pigments and a fresh, soft color palette. The metal anchors the piece, acting as a connection to the earth while the light, bright colors radiate up to the sky, taking the mind to that place where inspiration is born. These pieces are a shimmering oasis, a respite from the frenetic distractions of the world.
My personal journey over the last year involved a lot of introspection. I felt the need to withdraw to the safety and comfort of my studio, to find a sense peace and harmony in a world fraught with chaotic events. I painted a balanced and loving world inside each painting, each a part of my vision of beauty and positivity. It’s the kind of energy I want to share with the world - a place of rest and rejuvenation injected with a charge of positive energy and vitality."
The exhibit will open on April 5th and extend to April 29th.
The remaining walls of the gallery will display the other Represented Artists.
"The style I have chosen to paint in is a cross-over between fantasy and realistic painting. I hope that it places the viewer in a serene and thoughtful moment. Each painting embraces the beauty that surrounds us. I feel that in this short time we share on this little blue planet, we are given a duty. Our job is to take care and delight in our precious gifts from Mother Nature.
After all, we are all Guards of this, our Eden." - Edyta Salak Statement
Jo Grishman has created 11 new sculptures that blend her encaustic skills with her clay and found object assembly and a 50 boat installation with encaustic sails. Her exhibit puts together a poetic narrative that exists in all of our lives, Letting Go of Holding On.