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EXHIBITIONS 2013

Honoring Our Landscape II

Painting, Photograph and Sculpture

 

October 4th - December 20th, 2013

Gallery Walk • Friday, November 29th • 5:00-8:00 pm

GALLERY II

 

Honoring our Landscape features the aesthetic interpretation of the land by Nationally renowned painters Victoria Adams, Divit Cardoza, Theodore Waddell, James Cook, Sheila Gardner, Michael Gregory, Tony Foster, Gregory Stocks, and Allison Stewart. Jack Spencer and Laura McPhee present their photographic view of our western lands along with the bronze, glass and stone sculptures by Julie Speidel, Rod Kagan and David Secrest who reinterpret the influence of the history of the landscape of glaciers, mountains and other geological processes.

Color II

Painting and Sculpture

 

October 4th - December 20th, 2013

Gallery Walk • Friday, November 29th • 5:00-8:00 pm

GALLERY I

 

The artists in this exhibition use color as a predominate component of their work. Squeak Carnwath and Jane Hammond combine text and images on fields of color to express socio-political and interpersonal concerns. Gary Komarin’s abstract painting style stimulates the viewer with richness of color as a primary message while Cole Morgan creates illusions of dimension with color and forms.  Marcia Myers utilized color as to capture the essence of an experience.  Her paintings are relics of a creative process where the act of creating supersedes the product of creation.

 

Ceramic sculptors Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan and Bean Finneran use color in a variety of surface techniques that produce rich contrasting interpretations. Margaret Keelan's trompe l’oeil ceramic figures have rough, wood-like surfaces with distressed glazes,  Jun Kaneko's large scale ceramic dangos have pristine, smooth painterly glazes and Bean Finneran's compositions of cones and nests comprised of hand rolled ceramic curves, present the range of the color palette from pastels to the vibration of primary colors.

Animalia II

Painting and Sculpture

 

October 4th - December 20th, 2013

Gallery Walk • Friday, November 29th • 5:00-8:00 pm

GALLERY III

 

The artist's in this annual exhibition visually address man's relationship to nature as a primary concern, while art history, environmental ethics, beauty and aesthetics still resonate in the work.

 

Sculptors Gwynn Murrill, Brad Rude, Jane Rosen and Boaz Vaddia, transform the materials stone, bronze and glass into animals both domestic and wild. Their animals and birds of prey project grace and solitude.  Ed Musante’s small-scale paintings of birds and animals, painted on his signature ‘found cigar boxes’, are intimate portraits of wildlife. As are Mary Snowden's meticulously stitched & embroidered farmyard and wild animals.  Hung Liu’s mixed media paintings, Robert McCauley’s oil paintings and Don Nice’s watercolors and oils create narratives about history, deforestation and ecological issues.  Jack Spencer's ethereal photography like all the artists in this exhibition, captures the inner essence of animal subjects.

Collage III

Mixed Media

 

October 4th - December 20th, 2013

Gallery Walk • Friday, November 29th • 5:00-8:00 pm
VIEWING ROOM

 

The Gail Severn Gallery is excited to present an exhibition that explores the use of paper and other materials in collaged forms. Jenny Abell, Jane Hammond and Melinda Tidwell’s formally organized muxed media collages along with Kenna Moser’s delicate paper and encaustic collaged paintings offer the viewer a range of narratives from both graceful and romantic, to provocative and kaleidoscopic.

 

Lisa Kokin's sculptural collages, with a literary foundation of western novels, environmental and self-help books, are transformed with the addition of stitching and other objet trouvé to create intriguing story lines.

Linda Christensen

Revelations

 

August 28th - September 30th 2013

GALLERY I

 

Often artists and media look to model our lives after examples of that which we consider perfection – the flawless body. Not so with Christensen’s work. Her paintings evoke the simplistic yet formal essence of the human form, wrought in a humanistic paradox of perfection and imperfection. Through her paintings she depicts a vulnerable representation of humanity caught in quiet every day practices. As in life, her figures are in a state of continuous transformation from repose to action. Christensen captures these moments in between, as if the viewer is unseen – the subject totally immersed in their own world. As with her transitions between serenity and activity in her imagery, Christensen’s work tends to offer strong contrasts in tonal value and chromatic temperature. Mark Van Proyen writes, “These confident very counterpoints of energy and color values play off of each other in ways that give her work a unique back-story that carries a kind of archetypal significance.”

-Gail Severn

 

 

Melinda Tidwell

 

August 28th - September 30th, 2013

 

Using simple geometric shapes and rectilinear alignments, Tidwell focuses on the coherence and juxtaposition of color, pattern, placement and size.

 

Her background in mathematics, computer graphics, and design informs her predilection for the geometric.  This rational foundation serves as the basis for her departure into what is not rational; the way colors activate each other, how the size and position muddle or enhance visual unity, the simple grace of worn and tattered surfaces.

 

Using discarded books and primary material adds both seriousness and levity to Tidwell's work. Melinda likes working with words, pieces of text, the odd string of numbers. Cut away from their original context, they operate as texture and shape and also as a kind of code, or pieces of memory.  The abstraction of this information into bits of non-sense, hopes to tease the mind into the wilder lands of free association and one’s own imagination.

Marcia Myers

Preview for Next Year's - 2014 Exhibition

 

August 28th - September 30th, 2013

GALLERY III

 

When Marcia Meyers was first exposed to the ancient Roman mural paintings of the 1st century CE, she saw pure abstraction. It was these frescos, and those of the Renaissance masters, that compelled Myers to transform this ancient technique into modern terms.

Myers utilized the formal elements of artistic expression—color, light, texture, shape, and space—to capture the essence of an experience. Her paintings are relics of a creative process where the act of creating supersedes the product of creation. The subject has been reduced to paint. The viewer is propelled into a realm where past and present comingle. As a conveyer of truth, her paintings explore the realm beyond the recognizable subject, a place devoid of word and imagery, where all is distilled to its very essence. The result is pure indulgence in the sensory aspects of color, texture and space. Her paintings tantalize, inviting the viewer into ineffable dialogue with paint. It is purely through the power of color that an emotion is triggered and the viewer is transported through space and time to arrive at a present interpretation of the past.

 

This exhibition is a preview for the August 2014 exhibition, which will be the final release of paintings from the Marcia Myers estate.

Rod Kagan

Memorial Retrospective

 

August 1st - September  30th, 2013

GALLERY I & II

 

Rod’s sculptural works are defined by their unique style. One sees two forces at play in his work; he clearly understood classical forms and yet was deeply influenced by his surroundings: by the mining history in Idaho, by Native American history and by the environment itself, especially the mountains. These elements combined with his technical mastery and refinement of the bronze and steel medium make for amazing and unique work. Rod Kagan passed away in December of 2010. He was inspired by the beauty and strength of life in Idaho and we in Idaho are lucky enough to call him our own.

 

Rod Kagan's sculptures are represented in private collections, art museums, and public spaces. Museum collections and exhibitions included but not limited to the Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C., the Boise Art Museum, Boise Idaho, and the Schneider Museum in Ashland, Oregon.  In 1984, he won a coveted fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has had work installed in 38 major cities around the United States.

 

In honor of Gail Severn Gallery's summer retrospective of Rod Kagan's sculptural work, the Rod Kagan Estate and Gail Severn Gallery is proud to publish a beautiful coffee table book published by Mandala Media, which will commemorate Rod Kagan’s life and work.

 

Squeak Carnwath & Jane Hammond

The Language of Life

 

July 31st - August  27th 2013

VIEWING ROOM

 

Squeak Carnwath

 

The thoughts and events of everyday life are the driving force behind Squeak Carnwath’s work. In her bright colors and familiar imagery, Carnwath gives voice and form to the kinds of deeply affecting experiences that many of us find difficult to articulate. Powerful, spirited and at times humorous, Carnwath includes bold words and symbolic imagery, and both personal and contemporary news events that symbolize an entire generation’s history. Internationally collected and exhibited, Carnwath’s work is in numeous museums and public collections.

 

Jane Hammond

 

Jane Hammond's first exhibit at Gail Severn Gallery includes two powerful collages.

 

According to an article in The New York Times, Ms. Hammond “Makes paintings and collages as complicated, varied and multifaceted as you are, as I am, as life is...”

 

Statement on Her Butterfly Maps

The first of these pieces came to me in a dream in 2004. To some degree all the maps in this body of work have married old places and a sense of history, time and age with the fresh beauty of the butterflies and their implicitly short life spans. Also, many of the places have been places that one associates with danger and conflict. This compared with the luxuriant beauty of the butterflies.

 

I suppose another duality is between the land -implied by the map,- and the air, alluded to by the suggested aeriality of the flying insects.

Allison Stewart

Natural Wonders

 

July 31st - August  27th, 2013

GALLERY III

 

Allison Stewart has gained recognition for her mixed media paintings that express the restless balance between man and nature. Stewart exemplifies this struggle by painting with acrylic, enamel, inks, tar, charcoal, metallic powders and wax as an investigation of media which repel and attract each other.

 

Trained as a biologist, Stewart is inspired by landscape imagery, specifically the vanishing Louisiana coastal wetlands. Stewart takes as her subject fragile environments, cycles of life, and evidence of man’s mark on nature.

 

She uses layers of color, light, form and texture to address issues of beauty and loss, time and transformation. Residing somewhere between realism and abstraction, the paintings are visual diaries upon which Stewart records her responses to the threatened landscape..

Michael Gregory

The Passenger

 

July 1st - July 30th, 2013

GALLERY II

 

Michael Gregory’s work is immediately recognizable with its icons of American barns, homesteads, and rural fields. These structures play evenly with the powerful imagery of the landscape and light. The light is captured from the landscapes of our enigmatic Midwestern and Western fields to the luminescent night time sky overlooking cityscapes.

Margaret Keelan

Interface

 

July 1st - July 30th, 2013

GALLERY III

 

Margaret Keelan’s ceramic sculptures of dolls / children are both compelling and disconcerting. There is an immediate and visceral reaction to the heavily textured skins. The figures appear to have been excavated. The layers of stains and glazes curl and peel away, creating the illusion of disintegrating paint over weathered wood. Her meticulous approach to creating these aged surfaces gives the sculptures a strength and integrity, like they have undergone their own rites of passage through heat and flame.

Squeak Carnwath

New Work

 

July 1st - July 30th, 2013

VIEWING ROOM

 

The thoughts and events of everyday life are the driving force behind Squeak Carnwath's latest body of work. In her bright colors and familiar imagery, Carnwath gives voice and form to the kinds of deeply affecting experiences that many of us find difficult to articulate. Powerful, spirited and at times humorous, Carnwath includes bold words and symbolic imagery, such as vinyl records that symbolize an entire generations history.

 

Carnwath’s work is exhibited widely and is in the collections of major institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Museum. In 2009, The Oakland Museum of California organized a large survey of Carnwath’s work, Squeak Carnwath: Painting is no Ordinary Object.

 

Carnwath has received numerous awards including the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Award for Individual Artists from the Flintridge Foundation.

Gwynn Murrill

Select Work

 

July 1st - July 30th, 2013

GALLERY I

 

Gwynn Murrill's internationally recognized sculptures in primal forms, are reminiscent of ancient sculptures, but made from bronze, wood, or aluminum. Her creatures prowl stealthily or gaze back at us with haunting expressions. Some animals are serene and wise, others are slick and sensual, and some burst with energy. Her majestic deer will be featured along with a number of her elegant raptors.

Christopher Reilly

Sublime Metaphors

 

May 24th - June 30th, 2013

GALLERY I

 

Christopher Reilly's latest exhibition, Sublime Metaphors follows the lifecycles of various beings from the natural world. Insects transform from aquatic or ground dwelling to flying, such as dragonflies, butterflies, moths and mayflies. Amphibians, notably frogs,  live in three worlds: water, land and air.  Reilly captures all of these creatures in his intriguing, yet quiet and peaceful encaustic work. Creating his work by adding and removing layers of paint filled wax and resin, Reilly's construction and deconstruction of the encaustic on panel is emblematic of the circle of life itself.

 

 

Morgan Brig

Dream Lessons

 

May 24th - June 30th, 2013

VIEWING ROOM

 

Inspired by the mysteries of life, Morgan Brig’s mixed media along with her copper and enamel works are both playful and contemplative. Her three dimensional wall sculptures are typically conceived in words by the writings in her journal. There, she explores human nature and the inner dialogue of individual character. Brig then expresses these ideas through symbols, icons, and even written text embedded onto her surfaces.

 

Artist Statement

 

Four years ago, I started meeting once a month with six other women to explore our night-time dreams. It terrified me at first, the idea of  bringing the dark unknown lurking in my nights out into the light.

 

Yet slowly, over the years, I came to trust the process and the fear was replaced by curiosity. It became clear that these dreams, both mine and theirs, were a gold mine of awakenings and guidance.

 

Soon, unconsciously and consciously, these dream lessons started entering into my artwork. A slow trickle at first and then, this last year, a tidal wave. It manifested in the form of dress photocollages,  a direct response to the amazing feminine strength, intuition and  courage I witnessed in my fellow dreamers.

 

Sometimes I am inspired by a complete vivid dream, sometimes only a fragment; but what always comes to the artwork is a small awakening  that puts me just a little step closer to understanding my place in  this world. -   Morgan Brig

State of Nature II

 

May 24th - June 30th

GALLERY II & III

 

Gail Severn Gallery will explore our open air environment in State of Nature II.  Allison Stewart, Brad Rude, Jane Rosen, Carolyn Olbum, Kenna Moser, Robert McCauley, Lynda Lowe, Hung Liu, Lisa Kokin, Margaret Keelan, Michelle Haglund, Michael Gregory, David deVillier, and Jenny Honnert Abell will present their portrayal of the outside world.

 

 

Gary Komarin

Jack's Bridge

 

March 6th - May 24th, 2013

GALLERY II

 

Gary Komarin's paintings walk the line between expression and avoidance of reason.  Komarin's layering of paint in child-like form, conveys a beauty that is not limited by the constructs of language.  Although abstract, Komarin's paintings sometimes contain shapes that are quite legible - a wig or a hat, for instance - but more often they tend to suggest many things without getting specific about any of them.  In conversation, the artist is not eager to make them any more specific.  The forms resonate when they are at once strange and familiar.

 

Born in Manhattan in 1951, the son of a Czech architect and Viennese writer who fled the Holocaust, Gary Komarin received a graduate teaching fellowship at Boston University where he studied under Philip Guston. Komarin was offered his first University teaching position at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 1978. He has subsequently taught at The University of Oregon, Southern Methodist University, and The University of Iowa.

 

Komarin received The Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting in 1999. He has also received the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship in Painting, The Elizabeth Foundation, New York Grant in Painting, The Rutgers University Fellowship in Innovative Printmaking, a Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Philip Hulitar Award in Painting in 1988.  He has been exhibiting his work here in the US and abroad since 1979 and in galleries around the world. Komarin's work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, and the Newark Museum as well as the Kunst Art in Zurich.  Komarin's paintings are in numerous private, corporate, and museum collections including: Microsoft, AT&T, The Nordstrom Corporation, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Montclair Museum among others.

James Cook

The Color of Snow

 

March 6th - May 24th, 2013

GALLERY I

 

I have painted the many forms that snow can produce in Idaho for a long time. The light that changes with the sun and time of day, it is of endless interest to me and I hope to others. This study leads me to wonder just what color we really see in snow. The center of my exhibition, “The Color of Snow”, focuses on subjects that will be familiar to anyone who knows the area around Ketchum. But the light and the many kinds of color that snow can carry is the real subject. - James Cook

 

James Cook’s impasto painting technique  offers  a blend of realism, impressionism and abstract landscapes that seem familiar to even the first time visitor. Cook’s love of the greater Wood River Valley is evident in his current paintings of the surrounding mountains and close ups of the winter terrain.

Raphaëlle Gothals

Anamnesis

 

February 4th - March 4th, 2013

GALLERY II

Exhibition Catalog Available

 

Focusing on painting as a space of exploration, Raphaëlle Goethals has used wax and resin as her signature medium for more than fifteen years. Probing the physicality of the materials, Goethals works in a process of layering, pouring, scraping off, scratching into the surface, effacing, leaving traces of earlier information, all of this eliciting from the viewer a continuous shifting in the perception of forms, a build up and overlap of successive stages which demands that his or hers attention continually adjusts. The physical history of the piece, however, is buried underneath the smooth surface, its presence felt rather than seen.

 

Goethals is preoccupied with space, depth, and the fundamentality of light. Testifying to her continuing interest in the evolution and history of painting and in the point at which language originates, these vast surfaces refer to a Jungian space, a semiotic world, an uncoded, unarticulated space of interpretation. At the intersection of the intuitive and the decisive, these paintings celebrate uncertainty and flux. The internalized landscape is reduced to its minimal resonance: the sound of the wind, the dust on a windshield, and the further abstracted notion of nature.

David deVillier

No Endings / No Beginnings:

Circles, Xs, and Figures Found

 

February 4th - March 4th, 2013

GALLERY I

 

"I have spent the last year streaming. This means letting images and spirits come out without conjuring them. I am hungry for something elemental – primitive – truthful. Spirits live in circles. Magic and mysticism happens in circles. Figures dance and dream in circles. X’s are mysteries. This work is part of an essential search. The search has no end and it began for me before I was born. " - David deVillier

 

David deVillier’s paintings have a distinctly narrative quality. He introduces characters and places them in dramatic settings, inviting viewers to interact with his subjects in their space. His work sets the stage for two of his iconographic figures, combining characteristics of birds and  the human form. In his latest work, these human forms are influenced by primitive stone carvings and the paintings of Bill Traylor & James Castle.

Judith Kindler

Notes to Self

Salon Style Installations Reinterpreted

 

December 20th -January 31st, 2013

GALLERY II

Exhibition Catalog Available

 

Judith Kindler brings a contemporary interpretation of Salon exhibition style, originating in the 1670s, to this work titled Notes to Self. The complex compositions of the artist's Salon style installations are presented in customized distressed frames cradling imagery of horses, objects like crowns, bowls, cords, ladders; and composed studio images with models juxtaposed in quiet stillness with notes, as if they might have been part of incomplete journal entries belonging to the artist. Kindler pulls from the rich history of the Salon style in her use of imagery to symbolically suggest that the social and political issues of the 1700 and 1800’s were not much different than the present issues facing us in contemporary life.

 

The mixed media installations are rich with images from the artist's life spent in the rural areas of the Northwest. The horse plays front and center in this work. Kindler trained in hunter jumper and dressage later in life after a lifelong love of horses. Since 1988 she has often used them as subjects in her work. Applying the broken surfaces of multi paneled salon styled installations to this subject brings a whole new feeling to the much loved subject.

Preview 2013

 

December 20th -January 31st, 2013

GALLERY I, III & VIEWING ROOM

 

A major group exhibition that will showcase a wide variety of the gallery's internationally recognized and emerging artists who will all have one- person exhibitions at the gallery in 2013.

 

Painters Kris Cox, David deVillier, Marcia Myers, Lynda Lowe, Hung Liu, Robert McCauley, Linda Christensen, Raphaëlle Goethals, Michael Gregory, Evan Harris, Judith Kindler, Lisa Kokin, Jenny Honnert Abell, and Theodore Waddell showcase their own unique styles. Laura McPhee, Robert Polidori and Jack Spencer will have exhibitions that explore the vast range of contemporary photography. Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Rod Kagan, Jane Rosen, Julie Speidel and Boaz Vaadia display their own style of sculpture.

 

Kris Cox uses pigmented wood putty to create topographical fields on weathered surfaces. David deVillier has always used color and form to create narratives that challenge the view with both humor and pathos. Marcia Meyers, who passed away in 2008, transformed the ancient technique of frescos into modern terms.  Lynda Lowe experiments with the interplay of image and word on both her paintings and sculptures. Hung Liu's mixed media works make use of anonymous Chinese historical paintings and photographs. Robert McCauley explores animals and nature by depicting birds, animals, fish and other creatures in different ways and different circumstances. Linda Christensen figurative paintings derive strength of every day occurrences as subject matter with her muses. Raphaëlle Goethals, is internationally known for her signature wax, resin and pigmented large abstractions. At the intersection of the expressive and the minimal, her paintings are at once emotive and highly intellectual.

Michael Gregory honors the landscape that has been one of his principle subjects for more than 30 years.  His romantic landscapes spawn from his trips though out the rural lands of the U.S.. But his images are his own personal constructs. Jenny Honnert Abell creates dreamlike mixed media imagery on old book covers. Theodore Waddell's lifelong career as a rancher inspires his painting of livestock in the Montana and Idaho plains and mountains. Waddell’s many Musuem show this year and next have brought him even great national and international acclaim.

 

Margaret Keelan creates unmistakable ceramic figures that resemble weathered wooden dolls.  Lisa Kokin's sewn recycled book covers create cascading leaves. The late Rod Kagan created totemic sculptures of bronze and steel. Jane Rosen is world renowned for her glass and stone sculptures of birds of prey. Julie Speidel sculptures take reference from ancient cultures. Boaz Vaadia's layered stone and bronze sculptures capture the human form in various poses.

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