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.
“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
by Genevieve Leavold
oil on canvas
32 X 32″
by Ashley Norwood Cooper
oil on panel
20 X 16″
“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
REFLECTED BANANA #12
by Joy Taylor
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
mixed media on panel
20 X 16″