Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Diane Rudnick Mann's "Waiting"

Diane Rudnick Mann, Waiting for Attention, Pastel, 22.5 x 21"
Everyone is waiting for something; that something can be as simple as finding the right pair of shoes or the best haircut, others, on a deeper level, are waiting for love or power. Diane Rudnick Mann’s newest series of work entitled Waiting is composed of pastel paintings about the art of patience, though not what one would think at first glance.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Waiting for Thread, Pastel, 44.5 x 33" (detail)
Questioning the sense of waiting can become an exploration of frailty, transience and often humor. The objects Mann uses are the minutiae of every day life, things that are everywhere, but often overlooked. On closer inspection, these still life paintings are literally of still, silent objects in time, waiting to evoke questions and emotion. Regardless of the perfection of realism in her work, just painting a bowl of fruit has become meaningless to her unless one piece is damaged or strangely unusual. It is the presence of imperfection that has inspired Mann.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Please Keep Us Together, Pastel, 26 x 30"
The viewer, after a glance, will no longer notice just the color or style in her paintings but start to wonder what about this empty chair? Or the empty glass bowls or a doll staring into space? What is the story? Waiting aims to stimulate the senses in a quiet way, showcasing people or objects waiting to be found, used again and loved.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Red Waiting for Canvas, Pastel, 16 x 14.5"
Artist Panel: Saturday, December 10, 3pm

Friday, December 2, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Joan Wynn's "Reflections"

Joan Wynn, Shattered View, Digital metal print, 18.5 x 28"
Joan Wynn’s current exhibition entitled Reflections encompasses a dual exploration: one of how the artist perceives the present and another of how she gathers found objects with their own past and repurposes them with new vitality and meaning.
Joan Wynn, Aged and Appealing, Wood, acrylic, 59 x 19 x 1"
As a photographer, Wynn is drawn to images of reflections that merge surroundings into a single abstract moment. These photographs engage the viewer in, bringing their perspective to what place, moment, or feeling the image evokes.
Joan Wynn, Sunset, Digital acrylic print, 8 x 12"
A hallmark of Wynn’s photographs is the painterly quality they share, her compositions reflecting a flow of colors and forms. Her fog-shrouded images recall the greys and whites in the photographic work of Alexey Titarenko. Aaron Siskind, whose unique images cross the boundaries of photography and painting, also influence her photographs.
Joan Wynn, LA, Digital acrylic print, 8 x 12"
Wynn’s sculpture mirrors her interest in patterns, reflecting the traditions of found object art. This new body of work continues to survey her attraction to sculpture that revitalizes overlooked and discarded materials. The art of Louise Bourgeois and the early works of David Smith first drew her to the use of castoff materials. In her sculpture, these unexpected materials include rusted steel, aged or fire-blackened wood, stones, and seedpods from the natural world. As with her photography, Wynn’s sculptures echo her intense attraction to patterns and the forms they create.
Joan Wynn, Defended I, Rusted nails, satin steel, 17 x 10 x 10"
This exhibition’s dual nature allows Reflections to be fertile ground for Wynn to cultivate and present works of perception, pattern and time.

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5-8pm
Artist Panel: Saturday, December 10, 3pm