February Group Exhibition featuring … Rich Bowman, Jordan Scott and Rachel Stuart-Haas
Rich Bowman – “Bold, colorful, big-sky oil paintings. I’ve always had a passion for being outdoors. My love of light and its powerful effects on me and the environment in which I live really are the driver in my work. I’ve tried to expand my subject-matter several times. So far, I have always returned to nature, speci cally landscapes. The flexibility of the subject-matter and the endless possibilities continue to intrigue my imagination.”
Jordan Scott – “I often use, or reuse, materials outside their normal context and in ways that they were never intended. I work with a limited and repeating set of elements that are either identical or similar in nature, and can be accumulated and assembled in large numbers. The physically beauty of the pieces is another dimension to them and is self-evident. What is the most striking is what happens as the viewer sees the pieces from a distance, often thinking they are fabric/textile in nature, and then moves closer to inspect and discovers that the color field, or color bands, are actually composed of thousands of individual paper elements. At first glance, the elements themselves are all seemingly the same, but on even closer inspection, they reveal their individual differences, variations, and imperfections -especially in reference to the diverse cancellation marks that represent thousands of different towns and cities across the country. The resin, like liquid glass, helps to create and hold together the interconnectedness of the individual elements and at the same time heightens and helps to clarify and define their qualities.”
Rachel Stuart-Haas – “This series of paintings portray my intuition towards the obvious and the ethereal. To me, both worlds are very real but cannot be perceived by everyone. I like to imagine that each of these pieces captures both reality and mystery via the subject’s ability to exist in both worlds at once. These paintings were created spontaneously and I only planned the pose of each girl. I tried to use a watercolor effect and let the paint run in order to create a sense of dreaminess. I also played around with layering trees, vines and flowers to represent the merger of the two aforementioned worlds.