36" X 48"
Seven Thunders (left) and Devoureth (below) are abstractions of images from Hurricane Sandy's devastation. In these pieces, I focused on the twisted lines found in gnarled rebar, contorted car bodies and tangled homes. Bits of collage have been woven into unexpected areas of the paintings, adding to the overwhelming sense of chaos and fragmentation.
Within the mayhem and wreckage that these pieces ultimately depict, there is also a sense of continuity - each line joining another, vibrant planes of color flowing together - symbolizing the harmony and rebuilding that inevitably returns after disaster.
DEVOURETH; 24" X 24" 2019
NATIONS, TONGUES AND KINGS
24" X 36"
Excerpt from 'The Art of It' in The Bedford Magazine
NARRATIVES ON CANVAS
Pound Ridge artist, Julia Vining's painting Nations, Tongues and Kings was inspired by a train ride into New York City. As she reached the outskirts of the city, she saw cliffs of litter on both sides of the tracks, marveled at the disregard of the environment, and began to notice little compositions within the mess. What stood out most was the repetition of brand names in the piles - Marlboro packages, KFC containers, discarded Budweiser and Coca-Cola cans. She noticed how disposable culture is and how it is driven by advertising and branding featuring the color red as a way to capture an audience, glamorizing an unhealthy product. Art provides Vining a method to examine the world through different lenses, and she successfully weaves these narratives in her work. Vining's exhibition will be at The Kitchen Table in Pound Ridge until September 29.
- Susan Grissom
INTERSECTIONS; 5'X5' 2020
Mixed media on 1/2" birch plywood
The underlying structure of Intersections is based on the overlapping highways of the Los Angeles Pregerson Interchange (pictured below). After seeing an aerial photo of this massive interchange, I began thinking more about the complex systems humans have put in place to carry information, people and goods from place to place.
The predominant areas of black in this piece are illustrative of the large swaths of asphalt that cover much of our planet. In the US alone, there are almost 3 million miles of paved roads, which amounts to approximately 18 billion tons of asphalt. Intersections displays vibrant areas of color and organic forms underneath sharp, linear instances of black, signifying the life and biodiversity that has been obscured by manmade systems.
The Pregerson Interchange, Los Angeles, CA