DAVID ESTEY returns on First Friday, June 7, for an exhibit of newly completed works from the continuing “Improvisations on Yupo” series. We are very excited to have an encore exhibition of these evocative paintings, which will include two larger images from the series, as well. The reception with the artist will be Friday from 3 – 8 P.M. The gallery will also host an artist’s talk the next day, Saturday June 8, at 1:00 P.M. David’s 2012 solo show sparked the NY Times mention in 36 Hours in Midcoast Maine and works from the show were aquired by the U.S. State Department’s Art Bank program. The gallery will also feature 3D sculptural paintings in encaustic by Pat Gerkin. Show runs through July 2, 2013
In his words, “Working in acrylic on Yupo has enabled me to develop extraordinarily fresh, abstract expressions without any preconceived notions. Sometimes narrative references emerge and remain, but they are totally integrated with and subordinate to the aesthetic whole, securely grounded in the elements and principles of good design. The results can be felt viscerally in the heart and soul, with or without a narrative context”.
Pat Gerkin started her artistic exploration with collage. She later moved to assemblage, and has been moving her surfaces out from the wall ever since. This sculptural encaustic series is Pat’s attempt to challenge our understanding of 3-D. They are paintings and sculpture – therefore living in the space between 2-D and 3-D, an idea she typically applies to both her free standing and wall work. These new 3D pieces, however, have made a break from the wall entirely, therefore creating a boundary. This is an interesting metaphor because Pat believes that true artists are always breaking boundaries, some consciously and some intuitively as they work through their processes and make decisions in their studios. Pat’s typical materials are paint, found objects, encaustic and disparate materials on various substrates to create patterns and rich texture. In these pieces she also uses intarsia, an inlay technique that involves carving and refilling the space with different colors. Pat named this sculptural series “Connections” as she played with the communications, interplay and connections between technology and relationships. They seem at odds with each other, but she thinks there is a connecting point, and searches to explore it on her journey with this series.