The D.C. born artist Molly Herman started to make abstract paintings when she was traveling through Europe. Informed by both the artist’s intuition and her expertise in color theory, Herman uses the vibration of color to express emotions and feelings. CV: Molly Herman studied at both the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Ms. Herman has exhibited widely and her work is in many important collections including that of Larry Poons and Paula DeLuccia Poons, George Faber, Counsel General of Luxembourg; Intuit Inc., Mountain View, CA., and Kansas City University, among others. Additionally, her paintings received feature credit in the Academy Award winning movie, Still Alice.
Ky’s arrangements of blocks and lines are proof that abstract art does not live far off from the everyday world. Although filtered down to bold lines or planes of color, you can see glimpses of objects like bridges, flowers, and horizons - while geometric, they resist neatly folding into a linear perspective. It’s the kind of abstraction that can bleed out into the world to let you see new details and angles from things you overlooked.
Annette’s abstract renderings of flowers and plants pay a soft gaze towards nature in more than one way. Her unique technique of applying multiple layers of glaze upon birch panel yields a luminosity like old porcelain, the already intertwined forms wearing different guises when seen from different angles or lighting.
Seeing Lauren's large unstretched canvas as it hangs in the golden hour light is a poetic experience. As she brings out the canvases one by one and unrolls them, you can tell that she has a story to tell for each and every one. Then the shadows and ripples of the canvas blends in with the scribbles and stains of watercolor, the intensity of golden hour blurring outlines of objects. Also notice how she leaves graphite sketches underneath the paint. They are residues of time, the same way Lauren's paintings are footprints of memories and impressions.
While a seasoned veteran in abstraction, Carolanna’s eyes light up talking about her experiments with pigment and viscosity. Working like she does without a brush, pouring acrylic paint directly over canvas, is a dance with gravity on one side and materiality of paint on the other. What results are rolling curves of color that have been coaxed out over time instead of declared by the artist. I can’t help but follow the splatters of paint all over her studio floor, imagining how Carolanna would have crouched, lept over canvases, waved her arms in both sweeping and controlled movements.
Speaking of the subtle ways environment affects a painter’s color choices, Beth’s choices scream East Coast. From the thick of acrylic paint emerges Beth’s impression of landscapes, styles alternating between abstract waves and naturalistic scenery.