Works Pertaining to Surface by Gallery and Guest Artists
Featuring: MAXINE SOLOMON, KENNETH SLOAN, SERENA BOCCHINO, MICHAEL BECKLER,
LUCKY RAPP, MIRANG WONNE, GIOI TRAN, PAUL MORIN, PATTER HELLSTROM, THEA SCHRACK, JHINA ALVARADO,
ADAM KURTZMAN, CARRIE ANN PLANK, CAROL MASSA and SUZANNE BENTON
New Paintings by Carolyn Meyer
Bay Area Artist Carolyn Meyer not only captures the essence of San Francisco and New York with her impressionist strategies and capabilities to push oil impasto beyond all limits, she appears to hold these great metropolises for ransom. There is paint; sometimes less paint than usual, then more paint, and even more paint. When speaking about her latest work, Meyer appears to enjoy talking about her process as much as the act of painting.
“These new Cityscapes have given me a chance to try new color combinations and explore processes of creating texture, both visual and physical. At one point, the paint is thin and rough and primarily grey with a limited color palette. And then, I find myself reverting back to full on color portrayed in a heavier application.
Feelings and memories build from her initial composition into a deeper search for more expression not previously or fully realized. Meyer explains…“Besides an obvious obsession is the ability to try new painting procedures. It really comes down to this: At first, I am drawn to the physical beauty. Then, and here lies the real deal, I am trying to get closer to understanding the relationship between all that lies within the frame of what I see and the finished painting.”
Meyer’s latest works portray locations both new and familiar. “Suddenly I turn a corner, be it in San Francisco or New York, and there it is – one of those I have to paint this moments. But then there are those personal, repeating memories that contribute to more legendary points of view. Continuing to return to specific places gives me a chance to explore why I often repeat myself in a different expression.”
Amidst all the heights, distances and perspectives, and as fearless and soulful a painter Meyer can be, it is this small, 12”x12” painting titled New Store Front that brings Carolyn Meyer as up close and personal as we’ve seen her to date.
FROM ANOTHER CORNER
New Paintings by GIOI TRAN
Throughout this series of primarily large works, Tran departs from the tranquility of his former Reflective Series, and the preciseness of his earlier Woven Series. Much like the artist himself, this new collection of paintings are fearless. Splashes of color emerge from heavy, angular applications of black and white impasto. The viewer is beckoned to follow the direction of these paintings while plotting their own course.
From Another Corner marks the artist’s third Solo Exhibition at ArtHaus. Gioi Tran’s works are featured in several private and corporate collections, and have been featured in many publications.
SUMMER OF LOVE
A Commemorative Group Exhibition
Works in Various Media by Gallery Artists
ArtHaus Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz are pleased to present SUMMER OF LOVE, a 50th Anniversary Group Exhibition, featuring works in various media by ArtHaus Gallery and Guest Artists.
The Spring and Summer of 1967 brought nearly 100,000 outsiders, activists, and dreamers to San Francisco. This international audience flocked to the city by the Bay to join a community of artists, musicians, poets, and radicals who would change the world–influencing popular culture through art and music; launching the natural and organic foods movement; protesting war with peace and love; and ushering in an era of greater connectivity.
Inspired Landscape Paintings by 6 Bay Area Artists
John Wood, Carolyn Meyer, Brian Blood, Gioi Tran,
Matthew Frederick, Donna McGinnis
This Group Exhibition spotlights successions of dream like images, ideas, emotions, and sensations based on Contemporary California Landscape by six Bay Area Artists. They are; John Wood, Carolyn Meyer, Brian Blood, Matthew Frederick, Gioi Tran and Donna McGinnis.
Select works by John Wood are from The Lake – a transitional series of new paintings. This work was inspired by three weeks of solitude at The Lake, The Morris Graves Foundation Compound, just south of Eureka, in late Summer, 2015. Here, a 380-acre tract of virgin forest surrounding a five-acre lake became the artist’s muse.
Carolyn Meyer diverts from her energized cityscapes and takes to the coastlines of San Francisco and Stinson Beach. Contrasting the coolness of the water are the rich, almost intense colors and tactile textures – palette knife trademarks of this fearless painter.
Primarily a plein-air painter, Brian Blood focuses on Northern California landscape, and creates hundreds of studies observing the ever changing light of day. He transforms these studies into large scale, contemporary impressions capturing the all of the magic spanning from sunrise to twilight.
Matthew Frederick presents an unconventional and amusing spin on the genre of landscape painting. Inspired by his life amid Northern California’s scenic countryside, Frederick looks within the landscape to capture and exaggerate the whimsical shadows and shapes cast from surging hills, majestic oak trees and gaping valleys. Fredericks style is characterized by the careful balance of structure, color, lighting and mood. His compositions are rendered with a resplendent color palette of generous applications of paint and undulating brushwork, lending to a compelling emulation of the patterns and sensations inherent in nature.
Gioi Tran’s work is based on landscape inspirations. His earliest landscape paintings incorporated some element of water reflecting the landscapes. Over time, Tran discovered that reflection aspects were a lot more interesting so he began focusing and abstracting on the reflections of what he saw. “As I developed my skills, I found the palette knife provided a different kind of movement that works for me as an artist. It allows me to move more fluid and it offers more flexibility from thin rough edges or flat and smooth textures.”
Donna McGinnis refers to her abstract landscapes as “States of Nature.” Her paintings are about exploration and refinement. She explores materials, artistic elements and a state of mind including memories and dreams. Her paintings are started without a preconceived idea and they develop on their own by suggesting their direction as she works. “I enjoy a sense of ambiguity and surprise, says McGinnis. It is the process of painting that I enjoy, a journey, and a timeless interlude.”