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" 2018
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