Clark Derbes - Cloaking Device - 2012 30 x 12 x 12 carved and polychromed hemlock
The Clark Gallery is honored to present a group exhibition vibrating in color entitled Color Collison. The exhibition includes paintings, carved sculptures, and works on paper. All are welcome to join the artists for a celebratory opening reception on Saturday, April 13, from 4-6 pm.The exhibition celebrates the playful side of abstraction in a wide variety of media. The exhibition takes as its premise the dynamic that unfolds when colors collide. The eleven artists featured in
this exhibition use color to spark or ignite their work. The resulting work is dynamic, colorful, and vibrant. Although “collision” implies an accident, the artists here have consciously chosen unusual juxtapositions of color and form with exciting results.
Using rhythmic patterns and fluid movement, artists like Jessie Morgan and Anne Neely create contemplative abstract paintings that reference their proximity to and awareness of the ocean. Their compositions evolve organically through a variety of mark making and layering techniques. David Palmer also uses movement as the foundation for his huge single stroke paintings. The “collision” here occurs as his signature swirling blue brushstroke hits his pristine white surfaces. David Moore’s commanding Vibe Series, of which two large examples are included, actually vibrate. Arcing strokes interrupt a steady rhythm of parallel lines creating a reverberating sensation. Other artists, such as Clark Derbes, James Kennedy, and Ellen Rich, follow a more geometric bent while sometimes venturing toward Op art. Clark Derbes’ irregular shaped sculptural forms are a playful spin on op art’s usual precision and pristine surfaces. Irene Lipton and Jennifer Moses create a labyrinth of rich organic forms. Moses sees herself in a “cosmic battle between straight and curve.” Using layered collaged elements that resonate with history, Southworth creates elegant abstractions that echo the past and the individuals who once touched each embedded item. Todd McKie is the only artist in the show to work with abstracted characters floating through an imaginary universe of mesmerizing colors.
Additional programming: Kid’s Art at Clark Workshop, Wednesday, April 10, 1:30-3:00 pm.