Magnus Colo: Opening Saturday at Dab Art Gallery

 
Rogue Thought, 2015 Marbled Wood Panel 24" x 24" x 1.5"

Rogue Thought, 2015
Marbled Wood Panel
24" x 24" x 1.5"

 

I am so excited to finally give you a peek into one of my favorite series to have worked on in the past few years. I've been keeping this work under the radar, not sharing it publicly on any social media, but now it is making its great debut at Dab Art Gallery this Saturday as part of the group exhibition Magnus Colo

From the press release:

Dab Art is pleased to present MAGNUS COLO. An exhibition featuring the colorful and intriguing works of Franscesa Saveri, Rebecca Woodhouse, Huntz Liu, Janet Milhomme, John Swartout, Lisa Daniels, Kirk McCoy, Barbara Skoog and Perfecto Baloloy Jr. 

Using the strategies of accumulation, saturation, and the repetitive mark, these artists explore their fascination with color saturated space and form. From the delicately controlled hand cut lines of Huntz Liu’s layered paper piece Spilt 1(2016) to the jostling interaction of Perfecto Baloloy’s Food Trip (2016) and Barbara Skoog’s Rogue Thought (2015), where contrast controlled surroundings and fluid lines are layered in between heavy color.
 
Inside Underneath, 2015 Marbled Wood Panel 20" x 20" x 1.5"

Inside Underneath, 2015
Marbled Wood Panel
20" x 20" x 1.5"

 

I started creating this series last summer, during the two-week residency with my New Ground collaborator Liz Kalloch. There were moments in between working together on our collaborative pieces where I needed to bust out on my own and exercise different creative muscles (partly because of my ADD-like personality and partly because I was stuck or tired or inspiration struck or I was waiting for something to dry before working on it more). What started out as a simple exploration of bold color blocks eventually led to adding overmarbled "windows" that were in response to the interesting shapes that emerged from the color-block background. 

 
Happening, 2015 Marbled Wood Panel 24" x 24" x 1.5"

Happening, 2015
Marbled Wood Panel
24" x 24" x 1.5"

 

After returning home from the residency, I continued work on the series. both on wood panel and on paper. I'm thrilled that six of the wood panel pieces will be at Dab Art ~ one in the group show and the rest in a second gallery. 

Also part of the show are several pieces from another series I started work on earlier this year. In these pieces, I created distressed marbled backgrounds and then overmarbled both geometric and organic shapes using masks. 

To Be Seen, 2016 Marbled Wood Panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

To Be Seen, 2016
Marbled Wood Panel
8" x 8" x 1.5"

Mindset, 2016 Marbled Wood Panel 8" x 8" x 2"

Mindset, 2016
Marbled Wood Panel
8" x 8" x 2"

Three pieces from this series will be a part of the group exhibition and five will be included in the second gallery as well.

Curator Yessica Torres has pulled together a strong show ~ you can check out some of the featured work here and the list of invited artists here.

I'm so looking forward to seeing the instillation and meeting the other artists at the Opening Reception this Saturday. I invite you to join me and experience the show in person, meet the artists, and share in an evening of color and intrigue.

GROUP EXHIBIT || MAGNUS COLO
Opening Reception || Saturday, April 16, 2016 || 7-10PM || RSVP

Dab Art Gallery || 1793 East Main || Ventura, CA 93001