Saturday, April 23, 2011

Creative Renewal Arts Fellows 2011 - Not One Painter


"Sill Life" Chad Gallion at Editions Limited

Invention within convention. You have until 3:00 pm today to catch this show at Editions Limited (sorry, I meant to post much sooner). Chad Gallion's still life paintings have a lot of very intriguing spatial and tactile things going on.

He inverts the layering process, so that highlights are created from the earliest and thinnest painted areas. These thinly coated areas glow through, much like in a watercolor, and the unlit areas have a heavier, more opaque buildup. The visual impact is striking, and also a mindtrip. From a distance, one reads these from a conventional mindset, then as you approach, all those nearly bare areas that were saying "I'm real close to you", suddenly break away into abstract shapes that go way back in the painting.

The surface handling also reads differently from various distances. Upclose it reads as a dry, patchy, awkward surface, but then it melds quite beautifully into a lushly lit, cohesive vignette.

These also have bright blue outlines in various areas. Somehow, these charge the images without destroying the representation of a still life. I don't have the best interpretation for how/why these are working. They are still a bit of a mystery to me.

It's always exciting to view intellectually engaged work such as this.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Austin Dickson, Herron Senior Photography Show

Austin Dickson Photo BFA Retrospective 2007-2011

Sharper Image digital keychain

Austin Dickson's piece currently in the Herron Senior Photography Show, at the Indy Indy Artist Colony gallery.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Indy Indie Artist Colony Flower Show & Harrison Center

"Budding", 8" x 6", oil on wood, 2011

"Alms for Aunt Bea", 10" x 10", oil on wood, 2011
Two recent paintings of mine, each tweaked towards inclusion in the "Flower Show" at the Indy Indie Artist Colony. Opened tonight, April 1. The Herron Senior Photography show next door has some really good pieces.

The Harrison center has some recent work by Susan Hodgins in Gallery 2 which kickboxed butt. "Institutions" by Austin Dickson is in the main gallery. These photographs must be seen in person, they're paradoxically magical and urban-realismy and utopian. He also had a great piece in the Herron Photography show - his entire BFA portfolio on a ______? (some common electronic device with a 1 or 2 inch screen, the name of which escapes me now.....god, I'm so old). Kyle Ragsdale has amped up his imagery into an extreme levitating Rococo thing.....

Spring art has busted loose, at least in the Delaware-Penn corridor. I'll hit a couple more shows on Saturday.

*Update: Austin Dickson's piece, along with materials info (digital keychain....)