New abstract paintings by Marlene Angeja plus 60 works on paper inspired by the 2016 U.S presidential election titled, “This is Not Normal”. Don’t miss Michele Theberge’s meditative paintings in the hallway gallery.
Marlene Angeja :THIS STORM IS CALLED PROGRESS, May 11 – July 6
The title comes from a Walter Benjamin essay: “…The storm irresistibly propels [the angel] into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.” For Angeja, painting is a chance to engage directly with materials. For this reason, she begins each painting without a mental or visual reference. Instead of setting out to paint an idea or impression she sets out to explore form and meaning through process. “Content is essential. It is what motivates me to paint. But I am not interested in willing it or defining it. I’m interested in the search. This involves a slow process of waiting for the painting to clarify its meaning. When a painting works, when it is finished, there is a sense of familiarity and recognition.”
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 22, 2-4pm
Michele Théberge: YOU ARE MY HEAVEN
Repetition is a thread that runs through much of Théberge’s work. Her paintings are an invitation to still the mind. “I begin with numerous layers of paint built up to a rich, luminous glow. Colors, glazes and iridescent pigments are brushed, sanded, sprayed and rubbed onto the panel, after which I pour several layers of clear acrylic and a non-toxic resin to create a deep, glassy surface. This surface allows
subsequent brushstrokes and shapes to appear to float above, casting shadows on the color below. This distance creates an illusional as well as a physical depth. These compositions are characterized by thousands of repeated tiny arcs or hushed ovals and spheres in barely perceptible shifts of sheen from matte to gloss. The act of painting row upon row of crescents brings me softly into the present moment, offering the viewer that same space of rest and respite.“