Monday, November 12, 2018

Fifty/Fifty at Arden Gallery, Boston

Look for me here. I'll be at Arden Gallery on Saturday, November 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come on by to see the show. The gallery is at 129 Newbury Street, Boston

Arden Gallery is pleased to announce its ninth solo exhibition with Joanne Mattera, who is known for her luminous color field paintings in encaustic. In the newest work, a continuation of her long-running Silk Road series, geometry participates in the process. A textural scrim of complementary or related hues overlays a bisected field. That horizontal is not a divider so much as a means of bringing color together in chromatic conversation. The even division of the field inspired the title of this exhibition, Fifty/Fifty.

Carol Pelletier, who curated the recent Organic to Geometric exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which featured Mattera’s work, writes: “Her work is transformative and shifts as you spend more time with it. Floating linear beads of color, atop a split horizontal ground create visual movement across the surface of each painting.  Sometimes these floating, organic lines are broken and subtle while optically mixing with the hue of the ground.  At other times these same lines are significantly bolder in value and intensity, acting like paths across the planes of color. Often, they appear to be veils woven onto the surface.”

Mattera’s work in numerous private and corporate collections, as well as in the Montclair Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut College Print Collection, Wheaton College, and the U.S. State Department. Her work is included in the newly released Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Color by David Coles, published by Thames and Hudson, Australia. Mattera divides her time between Massachusetts and Manhattan.

Fifty/Fifty will run through November 28.

You've just read the press release for the show. On a more personal note I can say that the divided field--hence the title of the show--is a relatively new direction I'm mining in a series that I've been working on since 2005. I have worked on other projects intermittently, but I always seem to come back to this one. Color is a potent draw, as is the challenge of bringing together two disparate colors and surfaces into one painting.

Another challenge has been scaling up from the 12-by-12-inch paintings I'd been doing. Wax begins to cool and harden the moment it leaves its heat source. Keeping the wax paint flowing from edge to edge at this larger scale demands a series of swift and steady swipes across the surface.

 A panoramic view of the gallery

 Silk Road 436, 2018, 24 x 24 inches

 Silk Road 403, 2018, 18 x 18 inches

 Silk Road 426, 2018, 18 x 18 inches

Silk Road 401, 2018, 18 x 18 inches
This painting was included in the Organic to Geometric show at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in June, but I took the opportunity to show it again

Silk Road 432, 2018, 18 x 18 inches
All of these paintings are encaustic on panel

See more on the Gallery's website 
catalog is available online for perusal or purchase

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