October 26-November 19
David Nez creates detailed and inticate paintings. “My recent series of paintings is entitled Terra Incognita, a term used in cartography for regions which have not been previously mapped or documented. In these paintings I explore imaginal landscapes inspired by ancient and modern cartography, inhabited by a mythic cast of characters enacting cryptic narratives. The imagery is drawn from different historical periods and sources: renaissance era maps and alchemical illustrations, tarot cards, zoological and herbal books, scientific diagrams, 20th century dictionary illustrations, clip art, etc. The paintings are hand rendered on 300 lb. printing paper or birch panels, using gouache, pen and ink, found paper collage, encaustic wax and oil paint .”
Dan Pillers assemblage work is based on the notion of Art as Artifact. The materials he uses are, for the most part, recycled and salvaged goods… artifacts if you will. For me these elements add a heightened sense of history. They are familiar elements that when placed together create a beautiful object thats approachable. Etched glass and a purposeful use of text are subtle whispers that invite the viewer in closer to discover its deeper meaning. The impetus for my art varies with each piece. My inspiration comes from a variety of, random, seemly unrelated things. It can be a play on words, a news article, or a pair of shoes left on a curb. I find I have three basic stages of creativity that follows. The first is the conceptualization. I dream my work, build it in my mind, and sketch out rough rudimentary drawings. I have a pretty good sense of what it will look like before the actual production begins. Then I go into what I call my hunter gather mode. I search out elements for each piece. Once I’ve gathered the raw materials the construction begins.”
Linda Robertson creates imagined landscapes in encaustic with lush botanical forms and vibrant colors reminiscent of places shes lived like her childhood home in Hawaii and her current home in the Pacific Northwest. Her work pairs modern materials with ancient technique to produce a luminous surface that captures and reflects light. Working with encaustic wax I layer hot beeswax, pigment and resin together, adding and subtracting layers until I get the look I want.As she explains No other type of painting offers such a unique combination of depth, luminosity and texture. The translucency of the wax creates layers of information, like the sediment of time, while stirring the senses of sight, smell, and touch.