Featured Artists Lori del Mar, Heather Hutchinson and Carrie Seid At Conrad Wilde Gallery for 1st Saturday Opening!Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
This Saturday October 2, the exhibition titled Radiance: Light, Space & Perception will open at the Conrad Wilde Gallery. The artists, Lori del Mar, Heather Hutchinson and Carrie Seid will be present and conducting a talk at 5 p.m. followed by a reception from 6-9 p.m.
Below are statements by the artists about their work in their own words.
Lori del Mar- Artist Statement
My paintings represent an inquiry into aspects of time and perception, and the sense of beauty that I find in moments of awareness of time and of being.
Filter is a series of 10 paintings — each with subtle compositions of color, space, light, and structure. This particular series chronicles my perspective of experience regarding the phenomenological effects of light and space as observed through moments of solitude within the architectural space of my home and studio.
My subject through all of my painting is most often about “seeing”. This includes the viewer and the viewer’s attentive participation in looking and seeing the works. The works offer a space of discovery and reflection. As such the paintings request (and thus reward) ample time given in their experience. They shift, much like a freshly darkened room shifts, after a paused moment for optical adjustment. Their subtle modulations of dynamic pigment relationships invite the viewer to relinquish any immediate visual expectation – often evoking a question of uncertainty as to what is being seen/perceived.
At first glance, the paintings may read as subtle fields of silence. As time is given for the eye to adjust, submerged transitions of color and form begin to emerge. In this sense, the works are experientially time-based. Their seemingly visual absence performs much like a whisper, compelling sustained participation into an intimate, sensory encounter.
Heather Hutchison – Artist Statement
I have been exploring translucent media for 20 years. In these post-Minimal works, as much sculpture as painting, the shallow shadow box constructions of plywood and enamel literally capture light and allow it to resonate back through an attached plexiglass surface. The effect is depth and vibrancy of hue and value, where the thin layers of wax and pigment, brushed uniformly on the surface, act both to catalyze and diffuse the tempered light. The resulting color-luminosity registers the changing natural light specific to any moment of a given day.
Carrie Seid_- Artist Statement.
In my work I attempt to convey the anatomy of human emotions and sensations through form, structure, and the glow of saturated color.
The human experience of being simultaneously tenacious and vulnerable is referred to through the use of silk, a material which is delicate yet possesses a tensile strength greater than steel. Tension is built, both physically and metaphorically, as two elements quite opposed in character meet to form the surfaces and contours of the work. By combining these translucent and reflective materials, I solidify and objectify ephemeral qualities of light.
The tension between geometric and biomorphic forms in my work allows me to explore the tension between order and chaos, constancy and change.
‘The physical description reduces their ephemeral qualities unjustly, failing to re-create the diaphanous veils of melting color, fusing from one space to the next. A simultaneity of resilience and vulnerability is created through the metal and membranes, like scars emerging from the interior of a cloud… Painting and sculpture are too categorically limited for the emotional states of being that Seid so elegantly conjures up. Smoke and shadow, dissipation and loss, energy and anatomy- these physical references bring us closer to the ineffable life forces at the core of these mysterious assemblages.”
-Gerry Craig, Sculpture Magazine July/August 2000-
Conrad Wilde Gallery
439 N. 6th Ave. #171
Tucson, AZ 85705
Open Tuesday- Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information: 520.622.8997
Other Galleries participating in the 1st Saturday Openings October 2 are:
Contreras Gallery- www.contrerashousefineart.com – 110 E. 6th St. – 520.398.6557
The Drawing Studio- www.thedrawingstudio.org – 33 S. 6th Ave. – 520.620.0947
Fragment Gallery- www.fragmentgallery.com – Citizen’s Warehouse – 44 W. 6th St. – 520.310-8788
The Front @ Platform- www.the-front-gallery.com – 439 N. 6th Ave. – 520.882.3886
Raices Taller 222 Gallery & Workshop- 218 E. 6th. Street
Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 881 5335 www.raicestaller222.org