Beyond the Sea - Solo Show at Corrigan Gallery

March 1, 2018

 

YOU ARE INVITED

 

Beyond the Sea : Abstracting the Colors of the Coast

 

Opening night: Friday March 2, 5 - 8pm

 

Corrigan Gallery

7 Broad Street (**new location near the corner of East Bay Street)

Charleston SC 29401

843.722.9868

 

This new collection of paintings are inspired by the colors found in nature along the Charleston coast. Out-to-sea blues, bright beach life, peaceful pink tones of the marsh, and ocean greens inform these abstract paintings. After painting seascapes and landscapes in recent years, I am excited about a return to the non-objective. My new abstracts have a sense of organic lines found in nature and in the sea but with no obvious setting. I can push the layering of brushstrokes and fabric to a place where the material and color are the main focus.

 

A few of my favorites from this collection of 24 new paintings:

 

 

Moving Forward, 2018, Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Linen, 18h x 24w inches, $1000.

 

I painted Moving Forward on my birthday this year. I was thinking about the way water moves behind the boat and the way light and surrounding colors flicker on the surface. The title comes from a super-choppy-seas day on the Charleston harbor when motoring faster through the rough water is the best way to smooth your ride. It's something to consider on a personal note when there is a sea-change in life.  This painting is wired to hang vertical or horizontal - depending on which way is "forward" for you.

 

 

Tidal Trail Diptych, 2018, Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Linen, 28h x 44w inches, $2700.

 

I love going on walks near the marsh. At low tide, pluffy-muddy trails are revealed to explore. And as the tide fills them in, a reflection of the blue sky gradually unfurls like fabric from a bolt. Sometimes I paint from my photographs, but in Tidal Trail Diptych, the image comes from a memory - and a kind of dreamy place at that. I painted 3 sets of diptychs for the Beyond the Sea collection. There's something wonderful about a pair of paintings - you have the flexibility of hanging them together, giving them space, or separating them (like above twin beds or flanking a doorway). Sometimes I want my scene to go on longer (like a really really good book when I linger on the last chapter) and so I add another canvas to continue spending time in that dreamy place.

 

 

 

Firth, 2018, Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Linen, 28h x 22w inches, $1500.

 

This is a painting on top of a painting. I start with a loose outline either in pencil or pastel. Originally I planned this to be a magenta and navy and white painting. But then the sky turned too bold and the sea went to bold so both were tamed with a layer fabric and a softer shade of blue. The bright moments of underpainting that show through are my favorite bits. I use sand-paper to work through the history of paint and reveal under-layers of color.

Then I build layers of fabric on top. I guess I do a lot of addition and subtraction in my studio. Funny they don't teach math classes at art school. Daring to go purple, pink, and ochre with the foreground seemed like a good idea and the result was worth the dare.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite? I'd love to hear from you.

 

I hope you have a chance to see the whole collection here or at Corrigan Gallery - the show is up through the end of March 2018. 

 

Art, Heart, and Gratitude,

Karin

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