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T
he haunting mixed media abstracts created by the artist
Sola
bring out the
movement, noise, and even narrative that result from the fracturing of a color.
Sola concentrates on one or two colors in each work, and then parses those hues
into their spectrums of light and dark. Her tonal exploration makes for a beautifully
graphic depiction of an entity in motion. Small, simple shapes – squares, triangles,
jagged Xs and Ys – fly and coalesce into flocks that become, before the viewer’s eyes,
a human face or body. Sola’s particular talent is to capture the movement of the
parts within the stillness of the static whole: the current of life that flows through our
bodies. Her work, though abstracted, speaks of our own sensations.
Though Sola’s shapes hit the eye in a staccato manner, each its own self-contained
body within the mass, her colors are a different matter. The light and dark variations
of a color are carefully placed so that large waves of gradation dance beneath sharply
contrasted blacks and whites. The effect is electric, and underlines what Sola calls the
“rhythm” of each piece.
Sola was born in Seville, Spain. She is also an accomplished sculptor, and has taught
students how to work in the medium in addition to creating several monuments,
both public and private.
Revelations III
Collage & Mixed Media on Wood
50” x 20”
Sola
D
orothy Slikker
’s paintings celebrate the natural world. A lifelong
resident of the American West, the artist’s love of the outdoors
is strongly in evidence in her images. “My work is a combination of
scenery, animals and people,” the artist says, and her paintings bring
each of those elements alive. Capturing the intensity of an animal’s
gaze as sharply as she does the positions and expressions of her
human subjects, Slikker gives every aspect of her scenes an immediate
physicality.
Working in oils on canvas, she is keenly sensitive to the colors found in
nature—from the shades of greens in a grove of trees to the rainbow
of hues that the sky offers. The intensity of the colors and the sense of
depth in Slikker’s paintings are rooted in her meticulous approach. She
starts out by using orange acrylic in her underpainting to bring out
“the inner glow” from within the subjects she depicts. Then, she does
a black study to shape each piece and provide a framework for the
dark and lights that give the paintings their full-bodied presence. The
resulting works realize the goal that Slikker has set for her realistic style.
“When you catch it with your eye,” she says, “you are happy right away.”
The Golfer Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 40” x 30”
Dorothy Slikker
Yolanda, Mi Hermana
Oil on Canvas 33.5” x 29.5”
A
lberto Illescas Moreno
’s oil paintings convey tenderly isolated
objects diffused in a soft, surrounding light. The radiant, painted
glow lends a view into the intangible space of dreams, memory, and
time. Moreno plucks much of his subject matter from history, choosing
the old, the broken, and the worn, over the new and improved. The
toys, furniture, and technology Moreno paints exude a particular sense
of nostalgia through his tenderly handled surfaces, making his work
reminiscent of the charming nature of youth and childhood, while also
of loss.
Like dreams, these works only hint at fractured stories, but are covertly
laden with a mysterious sense of meaning which is both beguilingly
charming, and tensely uncanny – speaking to that which has passed,
and that which will come to pass.
Alberto Illescas Moreno
S
.L.S.
’s intimately shot nature photographs go beyond still life or
landscape work to become something akin to portraiture. S.L.S.
frames single leaves and blossoms in tight close-up and bathes them
in rich, clear hues. Stems and petals soar in and out of view, half-seen
at electric angles, in a deliberately composed graphic dance. She often
juxtaposes hard, dry rock face with frail greenery, and further enhances
the clashing textures by printing each image on metallic paper. The
result is a viewing experience that feels personal, almost exclusive—as
if the audience is leaning in with one cheek pressed against the plant
on display.
An American-Israeli born in Paris, S.L.S. has traveled widely to find
inspiration, including sojourns to Kenya, England, and the Californian
desert. She currently divides her time between Israel and Florida.
S.L.S.
Flames In Maquis Acrylic on Wood 28” x 28”
R
oberto Del Fabbro
’s graceful interpretations of the natural world
are fluid, infinite images that search for essence while challenging
perspective. Del Fabbro takes colors and textures from nature and strips
away context and logical space, to create fields of graphic patterns:
simple lines represent branches that pile on top of each other, or a leaf-
shaped motif repeats endlessly over. These patterns are filled-in with
color washes that are surreal in tone, yet carry such nuance that they
seem to be moving with an earthly wind just the same. Each work is an
unabashedly two-dimensional abstraction that still manages to move
with the breath of life.
Del Fabbro was born in Italy and today divides his time between Rome
and Umbria. He creates his acrylic work on wood, canvas, and cardboard.
Roberto Del Fabbro
Untitled #23 Photograph on Metallic Paper 16” x 16”
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