Friday, February 24, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Fielden Harper's "Directions"

Fielden Harper, Back to Basics, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 36"
In our urban society many types of directions come to us in rapid succession while also requiring split second interpretation. Some directions are those we present to others and others are orders taken by us. They can jolt us into an immediate kinetic reaction or form a pattern that determines how we live. In her newest exhibition aptly titled Directions, Fielden Harper explores the vast array of possibilities life offers us its coded instructions and the signifiers by which we receive them. 
Fielden Harper, The Narrows, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 34"
Using grids, patterns, and other signage, Harper interweaves literal pathways into her compositions, inviting and encouraging the viewer to follow the veins of the painting and the brush stroke, leading the viewer through multiple ways to arrive at a destination in her work. 
Fielden Harper, Urbanscape IX, Acrylic on wood, 41 x 61"
Other pieces instruct the viewer, asking them to stop, cross, or turn around. In this manner, Directions is an interactive show of sorts, with the artwork and the viewer participating in a mental game of “Simon Says.” With each individual piece, a coded visual and written language plays an integral role in how Harper decided on her subject matter. The reds of a stop sign, the curvature of a freeway, the patterns on a railroad crossing, all are inspirations for Harper. 
Fielden Harper, Freeway Series VII, Acrylic on canvas, 5 pieces, 43 x 10" each"
With life handing us an unlimited amount of choices we can take, Directions aims to show us the signs and reminders that the choices are always there when we stop, look, and listen.
Fielden Harper, Owl Eyes, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 18"
The exhibition runs through March 17.
Meet Fielden at the Artist's Reception, Saturday February 25, 5-8pm
or at the Artist Panel, Saturday March 11, 3pm

Monday, February 20, 2017

Current Exhibition: Sunae Aum, Fielden Harper, Ernie Marjoram

Tuesday, February 21st – Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 25th, 5-8pm

Artist Panel Discussion:
Saturday, March 11th, 3pm

Sunae Aum – Noise for the Future
Sunae Aum, Noise For the Future, Mixed media
Fielden Harper – Directions
Fielden Harper, Crossing, Acrylic on canvas, 34 x 20"
Ernie Marjoram – Landscapes of New Mexico
Ernie Marjoram, Abiquiu, Oil, 16 x 20"

Monday, February 6, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Boris Litvinov's "Meditations In Stone"

Boris Litvinov, Not Alone, Japanese wonderstone, 10 x 8 x 8"
Sculptor Boris Litvinov’s debut show at TAG Gallery roots itself in the concept of the artist being completely immersed in his creative process. To this end, Litvinov calls his sculpting process an act of “active meditation.” His latest body of work, encompasses the last few years of Litvinov’s Meditations In Stone and the results that were yielded.
Boris Litvinov, Not Alone, Alabaster on walnut base, 18 x 8 x 5"
From a young age, Litvinov started altering naturally found materials into inordinate shapes. Discarded pieces of furniture and broken down appliances were available in abundance. They served as the first materials for unconventional sculpture. For Litvinov, it was more of a game of reusing and recycling materials to be discarded into something people might want to keep instead.
Boris Litvinov, Male-Female Continuum, Borrego alabaster on zebrawood base, 18 x 8 x 8"
In this exhibition, the concept of opposites and contrast are explored, with each sculpture’s surface weaving the framework of a battleground of artistic expression. Notions of being grounded v. excited, still v. in motion, monotone v. colorful, male v. female are explored, with each stone utilizing grooves, abstraction, form, and texture to tell its story.
Boris Litvinov, In Love... Looking For an Exit, Borrego alabaster on zebrawood base, 19 x 9 x 11"
Litvinov listens for the voice in each stone, decodes, and translates each piece’s particular language before dreaming up concepts for the final work. This exhibition aims for the viewer to do the same as the artist, to interpret each piece’s message as their own and to make their own connections. Enjoy a glimpse into the world of Meditations in Stone.

Boris's work will be on exhibition until Saturday, February 18.
Join, Boris, Ellen Starr, and Joan Horsfall Young at an Artist Panel Discussion on Saturday, February 11, 3pm.