Friday, April 28th, 2017 from 6 — 9 pm
Evelyn Ward intends to make “good, useful pots that someone will enjoy using every day,” but her process for creating them is far from simple. Each piece passes through a labor-intensive salt firing, and then a second electric kiln firing, which fastens ceramic decals of delicate plant drawings or photographs into place resulting in sepia-toned studies of seed pods or leaves contrasted against the rich, salt-glazed background. Evelyn creates all of the images for the decals, which are made from her photographs and drawings of botanical subjects. “During the last several years my painting has been much more process-oriented than my previous figurative work. These newer pieces grow out of experimentation with the raw elements of painting–texture, mark, form. More and more, I seek my way to the finished work through mark rather than image. The final paintings are records of this process. What I find compelling is the archeology of them, the way previous surfaces inform and affect later ones.”
Ellie Reinhold describes her current work this way: “Several years ago I inadvertently fell in love with deploying grids of geometric form, loose structural elements, like a spray of circles or a grid of rectangles, to both break up and hold together my images. I fell in love with the balance these paintings struck between landscape and abstraction. And how, in lucky moments, the representation that remained was somehow stronger once it had been pulled away from convention. While my work is informed by nature and includes representational elements from the natural world, (tree forms in particular), my process pulls it away from simple landscape into a different arena altogether.”
“There’s a lot of play in this” says Reinhold, “It’s not an exacting process. In fact, much of the time it demands a playful, risk-taking, even destructive, approach. A constant willingness to let go of things I love– to destroy what’s on the canvas in order to find the path to a better painting.”
While considering a title for this three person show, Smith, Ward and Reinhold sifted through lots of words in an effort to evoke their creative commonalities. Many came from geometry – intersection, structure, converge, planes, parallels, perspective – which crops up in all of their work. And then there were the words evoking the element of play… natural, spontaneous, essential.
In the end, each is focused on some essential geometric and process-oriented dialogue within their work, and they are definitely running and playing with it!