Visions of Space and Form, Al Pounders, and Loren Olson
Opening reception on September 8th from 7-9pm.
John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street Davis, CA 95616
Visions of Space and Form: a group exhibition featuring artists, Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco Lais, Tessa Coleman, James Chaffee, Agnieszka Nienartowicz, Avery Palmer, Manuel Neri, Bruce McGaw, Frank Damiano, James Weeks, Paul Wonner, Theo Brown, and Kim Froshin. Also at the gallery will be featuring solo exhibitions from Al Pounders and Loren Olson. The exhibitions will run from Aug 30th – Sept 23rd, 2017 with the opening reception on September 8th, from 7-9pm.
The painters in this exhibition all paint figures, landscapes and still lives. In fact, they create their own environment. The puzzling thing with all the painters is there is an object lightly out of place or twisted and yet, there is a great balance that they share. There are surprises in most of the paintings that are hidden that one has to look for. There are in fact a myriad of conventional and unconventional imagery. With this international exhibition of the great polish artist Agnieszka Nienartowicz, to the more traditional paintings by Italian painter Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco Lais who gives us a look into the past and yet, brings us into the contemporary world. Whereas, Troy Dalton is much closer to the realist traditional painters such as Baltus. Dalton’s slightly surrealistic take on some of his paintings take us to both the surrealist and the post-modern painters Avery Palmer and Alex Reisfar. The younger Palmer and Reisfar seem to be pushing the boundaries with surrealism and creating their own beasts that do not exist in our world. Like Rosselli, the British painter Tessa Coleman, who is an expert in painting figures in the city, takes us back to a more academic way of painting and yet, is always involved in a different color scheme that doesn’t exist in nature.
Al Pounder’s is an American artist born in 1931. He exhibited pop and realistic paintings in the 50s and 60s at Allen Stone Gallery in New York. Pounders was integral in the pop realism movement in the 60s and 70s. Pounders is a master of the landscape, seamlessly moving us from one frame to the next. His ability to bring the viewer in to the painting, as if they were there with him when he painted it, is unparalleled. Pounders discusses his work saying, “I grew up in Buffalo, New York where there wasn’t a blade of grass near my home. Flowers reminded me of church or funerals. So, becoming a landscape painter for more than thirty years seems an odd choice. The great painters I studied and admired were usually landscape painters. In my art school learning in the 1950’s, painting was dominated by works that flattened space. So, it was difficult to embrace a method that treated such deep space you see here in much of my work. I had to shake loose of any current fashions of painting and just deal with what nature gave me to work with, on Monte Acuto, Montelovesco, Niccone Valley, and other favorite places.”
Loren Olson’s new work features use of NASA images in combination with her own. The work leaves the viewer with an ethereal feeling. In our contemporary society, one is always surrounded by technology and Olson is an artist that embraces that. Olson uses technology to showcase her work, by creating and displaying them on digital screens, relating back to how NASA obtained the images she works with. Olson’s work reminds the viewer that they are indeed a small piece of something larger. Loren Olson’s work is about energy as a neutral aspect of life. She has explored this concept through drawing, painting, installations, collaboration with a choreographer, using light in her images and using digital mediums. Olson speaks about her work, “I feel this energy physically and emotionally, a subtle ineffable force, sometimes reaching joy and wonder.”