Summer's Silhouette - a group exhibition
JUNE 8 — JULY 8
Opening reception Saturday, June 10, 4-6 PM
Andra Norris Gallery is delighted to present Summer’s Silhouette, an exhibition featuring new work from five artists whose meditative works, created in a variety of media, inspire wonder and repose.
Brooks Anderson’s eloquent paintings explore California’s land, sea, and sky, while simultaneously considering human nature, including its longings and desires. The substantive realist works are painted with oil on linen or wood panels, and they continue the artist’s themes of coastal scenes, cacti, river rocks, crashing waves, and sunsets.
Celebrated artist Peter Gutkin’s sculptural “souvenirs of some fancied world” are meticulously created with oil paint on formed wood and steel, and they can feel like trophies. Some are small enough to rest on a table, while others are freestanding and nearly human sized. Like his sculptures, Gutkin’s geometric drawings, which are artist-framed in hardwoods and gold leaf, are also about boundaries and artificiality, among other things. Sublime to look at, the minimal works are widely collected and influential on a new generation of artists.
We are proud to premiere The Saltaire Images by Troy House. This new photographic series is created with ink on stretched Belgian linen, with the appearance of drawing or painting. The night-rich photographs capture the surface of the ocean from a Fire Island dock in NY, where the artist found himself so captivated by the water (as opposed to the sky) at sunset that he devoted every night for the next three summers to capturing its essence. In gazing upon these images, one considers nature’s endless rhythmic abstractions, which the artist likens to the beat of a human heart. One can easily become intertwined with the depth of the image and its mysteries.
Drawing inspiration from her Tai Chi practice, Gloria Matuszewski’s drawing and painting process is meditative and intentional. She titles her works on paper after the Prismacolor pencils she uses in their creation, while her abstract geometric paintings are inspired by and pay tribute to anonymous artisans, usually women and children, who have worked for centuries, and continue to work laboriously — often under horrific conditions — to create fabrics and textiles to clothe, decorate, and bring warmth and beauty to everyday life.
David Shevlino’s painting, which began as very traditional and classically inspired, now straddles the line between representation and abstraction. After many years of experimentation, the artist began exploring a looser paint application. This “in-between” area is where he now feels best able to express his artistic voice. We are delighted to include his summer-centric oil paintings, including figures diving, leaping, or lounging poolside.
We are also pleased to announce the online exhibition, The Still Life – featuring new still-life paintings by Willard Dixon, who says, “One of the pleasures of painting still life is discovering the secret affinity of objects.” (Please click to view.) A selection of the paintings will also be on display in the gallery during the months of June and July.
Please join us and the artists on Saturday, June 10, from 4-6 PM to celebrate the opening of these very special exhibitions.
For more information, please contact Andra Norris
ANDRA NORRIS GALLERY