VIM

A Group Invitational 

curated by Gallery Associate Shannon Bodrogi

Jan 1  – Jan 31st, 2023

featuring works by Sofia Arnold  |  Jackie Bradshaw  |  Ashley Norwood Cooper
Jian Giannini  |  Justin N Kim  |  Genevieve Leavold  |  Kevin Muñoz  |  Joy Taylor
Betsy Walton  |  Markeith Woods  |  & Jessie Woodward

Originating in the 1800s “vim” is a word that is rarely seen without its redundant counterpoint “vigor”, both meaning vitality, strength, exuberance, high spirits, and infectious energy. Upon isolating the word VIM from its partner, one can sense the vibrational sound of the word, the energy within as a wavelength. It is light and quick, loud and colorful, a jolt in an otherwise quiet time – winter. The opposite of winter – a time when things are dormant, quiet and still –  the natural world hibernates and dies. With this death and rest comes a murmuring of activity, and growth is taking place. VIM celebrates the underground ardor that bubbles beneath the surface. 

These works have been selected for their vibrancy, movement, and energy.  A broad cross-selection of abstraction and figuration is covered by these established, emerging, and outsider artists. One gets the sense of an underground movement of talent – unseen growth, a bubbling effervescence, a geyser soon to erupt.

bright oil on linen painting featuring human figures at a picnic with food

ICE THRONE

by Jackie Bradshaw

2022

gouache on clayboard

18 X 24″

 

“This piece is simply about feeling vulnerable to the elements and about never seeming able to regulate my temperature as a middle-aged neurodivergent woman.

But it also speaks to the unpredictability of weather these days due to the climate crisis.

There is a tree giant helping a person with a horn calling out to the angels for help as the devil lingers close by a person with too many thoughts in their head. A unicorn represents extinction or the idea that some people don’t believe the earth is suffering in lieu of all the natural disasters that continue to happen. The snow rabbits with their adaptability symbolize hope.”

– Jackie Bradshaw

LUSHIOUS

by Genevieve Leavold

2022

oil on canvas

32 X 32″

 

LUNA MOTH

by Ashley Norwood Cooper

2022

oil on panel

20 X 16″

#606

by Jessie Woodward

2022

acrylic and Posca pen on canvas

40 X 40″

 

TUMBLE

by Jian Giannini

2022

acrylic on canvas

48 X 36″

SPRINGTIME IN THE CITY

by Justin N Kim

2022

oil on canvas

18 X 24″

HONEY MUSTARD FLORA

by Kevin Muñoz

2022

acrylic and aerosol on framed wood panel

16 X 12″

“Chaos in controlled areas fascinates me to no end. Nature’s limitless patterns as well as society’s rhythmic workings are all elements that I portray in my latest work. Brightly colored wood-grained panels with abundant movement and texture are all present as I create pieces that might portray the answer to life’s chaotic questions.”

– Kevin Muñoz

MY NEXT MOVE GOT TO BE MY BEST MOVE

by Markeith Woods

2022

oil on canvas

24 X 18″

THE WOWING

by Sofia Arnold

2021

acrylic and sodium bicarbonate on canvas

36 X 48″

REFLECTED BANANA #12

by Joy Taylor

2022

acrylic on canvas

16 X 16″

“These still-life compositions of my imagination include a banana and a water-filled glass vase with a flower or two in it as they sit together on a make-believe table in front of a hanging fabric backdrop. Bananas are America’s favorite fruit, and since I eat them most days at lunchtime, I am familiar with their fast-moving evolution as they bask motionless in my fruit bowl. Their peels change constantly, indicating their degree of ripeness, from green to yellow, soft brown spotted perfection to black and even purple. Patterns of tiny pale spots expand, darken, and blend together into large blobby maps of ripeness that indicate their inevitable path to decay if left uneaten. This dynamic quality of banana peels is enhanced when seen through the prism of water in the glass vase. Surreal shapes created by visual properties of refracted light in water, enhanced by the shape of the vase, and my love of fantastic forms, all come into play in these paintings. Sometimes the banana exists only inside the vase, trapped inside the composition that can barely contain its dynamic explosion of life forces.”

– Joy Taylor

RAINBOWS ALL AROUND

by Betsy Walton

2019

mixed media on panel

20 X 16″

 

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