Laurie Victor Kay’s vibrant photographic compositions of trees and urban scenes will be featured in Kay’s fifth solo exhibition at Gilman Contemporary. Through her lyrical photographic constructs, seamless arrangements play with our sense of perspective and give new life to familiar landscapes. Her arboreal images show branches, trunks, and leaves splitting and rejoining to create a new narrative that is no longer natural, but more phycological. She injects hyper hues and rewrites these images with her unique visual language. Metro scenes and ornate interiors are further manipulated with an almost mathematical perfectionism allowing her to construct energized and idealized spaces. It is no surprise that Laurie was once a painter, each photographic work is reimagined until they provoke a sense of exploration and abandonment. Laurie Victor Kay’s works are in numerous private collections throughout the United States. Laurie owns Laurie and Charles Photographs in Omaha, Nebraska. Her commercial clients include the Tiger Woods Foundation, Nike, Proctor and Gamble, AT&T, the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel and Leisure, among many others.
Join Gilman Contemporary for Gallery Walk on Friday, February 18th. Have a glass of wine and share a toast with local artist Jill Lear.
This fall Gilman Contemporary is featuring new work by four representational painters who each have a unique way of abstracting the recognizable. Laura Schiff Bean, Craig Mooney, John Westmark, and Jill Leareach bring a distinctive perspectives and materials to their canvases. Craig Mooney is known for creating cinematic oil paintings that incorporate and manipulate light. In his figurative paintings, women are captured in moments of repose and are presented in an atmosphere often described as dreamlike. His cityscapes offer a glimpse of suspended time, both familiar and illusory. Regardless of the subject matter, Mooney’s brush strokes and color work create a viewpoint that transcends the subject, by nearly abstracting the familiar to create a dramatic perspective. Laura Schiff Bean’s dramatic dress portraits stem from her interest in the human psyche along with her fascination with dresses. Each are characterized by the absence of a physical body making each work anonymous but with its own personality. With dripping, generous paint the dress becomes inhabited by an unseen presence that reflects on identity and gender. The female figures in John Westmark’s paintings are composed of store-bought sewing patterns and acrylic paint on canvas. The patterns are used to create dimension in each …
This December Gilman Contemporary will exhibit “Seizing Beauty” featuring photographer Paulette Tavormina’s carefully crafted tableaus informed and inspired by 17th century painting. Often using a rich, dark backdrop and subtle lighting, Tavormina captures the depth and nuance of these paintings in her photographs. Drawing on her personal experience as well as an understanding of art history, the artist’s hand is present throughout the compositions. Sourcing from farmer’s markets around New York City, Tavormina must shoot within the constraints of the seasons. Her images hold an understanding of time – the flowers, food, and creatures have a finite expiration. Originally taking inspiration from the work of 17th century masters of still life, such as Giovanna Garzoni Francisco de Zurbarán, Adriaen Coorte and Maria Sibylla Merian, Tavormina has created work that continues upon the tradition of the still-life as an artform. Each of her photographs is carefully crafted and is the result of careful consideration of light and placement. The directness of Paulette’s work exposes the connection between humans, nature, and time. Tavormina was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2016. Her monograph book, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty was published by The Monacelli Press, 2016 and reviewed by The New York Times …
Gilman Contemporary presents “It was all a Dream” a group exhibition exploring dreamy, romantic photographs from a selection of gallery artists. This exhibition will showcase photographers whose work elicits a sense of amorous adventure or fanciful idealism. Jason Langer’s cinematic black and white photographs of urban life hint at the secrets that exist in the city at night. Devoted to shooting on film, Langer embraces the noir quality of film, creating work that looks as if it was taken in the past. He takes us down moonlit streets, under lamplights, through canyons of the city, into a backlit window where we may see a glimpse of a late-night rendezvous. Langer’s work reveals the atmosphere of a city at night, revealing the secrets one may find there. Before becoming a photographer, Rodney Smith studied Theology at Yale to better understand “what it is like to be human.” Smith’s unique understanding of the human condition allowed him to compose photographs that speak to our internal longing for beauty, tenderness, and levity. Exhibiting a new selection of his color photographs, Smith’s work continues to excite and bring forth compassion and hope. Jefferson Hayman’s photographs seem imported from another time, inviting the viewer to …
Alex Couwenberg’s abstract paintings balance hard-edge abstraction with lush thick brushstrokes. The layers of Couwenberg’s paint are reflective of the artistic, environmental, and social influences of his native Southern California. Monday to Saturday 11 am – 5pm
As a child growing up in California of the 50s and 60s, Greg Miller’s visual memory was formed by the billboards, advertisements, and pulp fiction covers that saturated popular culture. In his mixed media paintings, Miller draws on the graphics and context of the landscape of his youth to create contemporary works of Americana. Through layers of paint, paper, and fragmented images, Miller creates work that excavates and expands upon popular culture. Considered a “neo-pop” painter, Miller’s work builds upon the often iconic nature of past advertisements and ephemera. Gilman Contemporary Monday-Friday 10-5 Saturday 11-5
Join Gilman Contemporary in toasting Kelly Ording and her exhibition “A Bright Side.” Meet the artist and enjoy the exhibition. Thursday, July 8th 5-7 pm
Gilman Contemporary is pleased to announce “A Bright Side” an exhibition of works on paper and canvas by Oakland, CA artist Kelly Ording. From muted tones to vibrant colors, pen and ink drawings to paintings, Kelly Ording intentionally pushes the limits of minimalism and representation. She separates her paintings between abstracted landscapes and geometric abstractions, the former being intuitive and the latter being more intentional. The landscapes pull their palettes from the natural world, while the geometric pieces give Kelly the freedom to use bright and exuberant tones. Each piece begins with a dyeing process, setting up a composition based on the natural result of this process. Some papers or canvases are dyed by hand with large watercolor brushes and others are dip-dyed. Kelly’s process mimics natural occurrences, like the tides and the unstoppable passing of time which she constantly contemplates. “The past year has undoubtedly challenged our understanding of the passing of time. My paintings explore the marking of time and question how one is able to register time in a visual way.” Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10-5 Saturday 11- 5
Photographer Steve Wrubel’s “Rodeo” series captures the spirit of the bronc and bull riders of the American Rodeo. Each photograph removes the pageantry and chaotic backdrop of the rodeo ring, allowing Wrubel to focus on rider and animal showcasing a synchronized dance. Exhibit located at Gilman Contemporary. Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-5.