Gordon, Brooks, Wilson, March 2016
March 4 5-8pm
I'm looking forward to showing with other women artists who share a similar aesthetic and who do not shy away from creating work that is both technically strong...
The show "Outliers" featuring colored pencil artist Kerry Brooks, sculptor Holly Wilson, and oil painter Jessica Gordon, opens at Robert Lange Studios in conjunction with the upcoming art walk on March 4th from 5-8pm.
Kerry says of her new work for the show:
My work for the show focuses on feminine beauty including portraits of women inspired by a vast range of influences, from contemporary editorial fashion photography, to the Viennese Succession, to 16th century religious art. Over the past several years I have explored the decorative and graphic arts including fashion illustration and floral patterning, however, I find myself returning again and again to the female portrait. I'm fascinated by storytelling, and have found that including a face or figure in a piece allows for a narrative to develop within the context of a more formal, iconographic composition.
I'm looking forward to showing with other women artists who share a similar aesthetic and who do not shy away from creating work that is both technically strong and unabashedly beautiful. My work for this show will revisit images and style that I hope, while being at once quite familiar, are also entirely fresh and new.
Jessica Gordon says:
Water in my paintings represent something more, something unseen. I would like the viewer to make their mind up as to what this may be; is it hope, is it longing, or perhaps contentment? Much like the fluidity of water I think emotions evolve and change. A painting can at one moment make the viewer feel love and desire and the next fear and uncertainty.
I desire to be transparent and honest in my paintings but often find myself to be guarded. Half submerged in the darkness, often the figures in my painted worlds are struggling to find a balance between these two feelings. They are facing the power and unforgiving force of the wind and water but within the struggle find contentment, a moment of honest peacefulness.
Holly Wilson says:
I want to sculpt emotions, emotions that you can put on like a skin and breath in a moment frozen in time. I want you to feel another’s life, for just that moment to see we are all one below that surface, that surface of skin no matter the color the shape or origin.
My figures serve as my storytellers in the world, telling stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities, and our strengths. They are the quiet echoes of life’s delicate balance, telling of the fragility in both life and their own form; how far one can reach, which step may be too many.