Elizabeth Gilfilen, Jason Karolak, and Rachael Wren
Opening Reception: Friday May 22nd, 2015, 7 - 9pm
On View: May 15th - June 19th, 2015
The paintings of Elizabeth Gilfilen, Jason Karolak, and Rachael Wren inhabit common conceptual ground and employ kindred creative strategies. Through their intricate and multi-layered works, all three painters attempt to make the ephemeral tangible. Gilfilen constructs pictures of passing time with overlapping skeins of paint, Karolak charts physical movement through line and shape, and Wren captures sensations of light and space in accumulations of small, colored marks. The work of these three artists demonstrates a concern with how elemental entities, such as a thin line, simple shape, or stroke of color, can create deep and dimensional structures. Moreover, in all three bodies of work, a balance between control and improvisation is essential to translating fleeting moments into the physical medium of paint.
Gilfilen, Karolak, and Wren are all invested in an intensity of making and have a respect for the process of painting as it unfolds. They believe that this physical engagement can generate an antidote to our increasingly distanced culture. With a unique balance between corresponding concerns and contrasting attributes, their paintings speak to each other, creating a dialogue where each enhances an understanding and appreciation of the other. And they speak to viewers -- about beauty and mystery, about layered time, somatic sensations, and dense space, about ideas that typically have no image.
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