Color Ways / On the Wall Press Release

Color Ways
On the Wall
June 6 – July 11 at Gallery NAGA

Gallery NAGA’s season concludes with two separate group exhibitions: Color Ways and On the Wall. These lively and colorful exhibitions are a perfect transition into summer.

Color Ways and On the Wall run from June 6 through July 11 at Gallery NAGA. A reception for the artists and the public will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 6 from 6 to 8 pm.

Color Ways includes a variety of painters and printmakers who create using vivid blocks of saturated color with very diverse techniques and applications. These artists explore the purity and dimensions of color. They are:
Rick Fox Harold Reddicliffe
Rachel Gross John Garrett Slaby
William Irvine

Rick Fox, a painter based in New Hampshire, is interested in the exploration of physicality and discovery within a process. “I love painting outside. It is direct and exciting. Even on the days when painting has not gone well, I can come in for dinner and still smell the landscape on my clothes.”
Rachel Gross, a printmaker based in Vermont, works with printed and painted geometric layers creating a contradiction of order and chaos. Gross is interested in an illusion of space that alternates between depth and flatness through layering of rectilinear forms that recede.
William Irvine is a Scottish artist, based in Maine, painting sea and landscapes. Irvine’s bold, angular forms and thick, textural application sets him apart from other modern day landscape painters. Irvine’s paintings teeter between bucolic and ominous.
Harold Reddicliffe, a painter from Boston, paints contemporary still-lifes of mechanical and inanimate objects. Reddicliffe’s paintings explore the transformation that occurs when ordinary objects are subjected to extraordinary scrutiny.
John Garrett Slaby, a painter based in Philadelphia, creates meticulous paintings that celebrate a fascination with industrial ruins and landscapes from the outskirts of town.
Harold Reddicliffe’s still-lifes are painted with a tight, representational hand, while Rachel Gross creates geometric simplicity with printed color and patterns. John Garrett Slaby’s mysterious scenes have a focused application of detail-oriented brushwork while painters Rick Fox and William Irvine are expressionistic with splotches and strokes of thick paint.
Differences aside, color is prominent in this selection of works.

On the Wall will showcase work by:

Sophia Ainslie David Moore
John Guthrie Randal Thurston
Masako Kamiya

These artists will use the gallery walls as their canvas for site-specific, temporary installations with paint and cut paper as their tools. This group presents a spectrum of on-the-wall mark making techniques. Some of these artists are seasoned at presenting work in an installation format, while others are exploring this approach for the first time.
This collection of artists varies greatly in their process and mark making. Sophia Ainslie, a South African artist working in Boston, creates strong, energetic paintings with daring color combinations and wisps of black marks and shapes. Ainslie’s work combines x-rays, territorial mappings and sketches of places she experiences in her environment.
John Guthrie is a Boston-based artist and sophisticated colorist. Guthrie’s focus remains on linear and geometric patterning and the illusion of three-dimensional forms on a flat surface.
Masako Kamiya is a painter who constructs tiny towers of gouache, an opaque watercolor, one dot of paint at a time. When a dot dries, she adds on top of it another dot. When the painting is finished, she will have done this perhaps 10,000 times. For On the Wall, Kamiya is interested in the interaction of light and shadow with her towers as she builds them up from the wall. Kamiya’s process of repetition and accumulation is also apparent in the work of David Moore.
David Moore’s inspiration is part music and part nature. He is an energetic painter of curvilinear forms that layer and twirl obsessively through one another to create an entrancing illusion of depth and space.
Randal Thurston is an artist interested in the architecture of memory, who uses imagery associated with the idea of mortality as a way of exploring what it means to be alive. Using cut, black paper as his tool, Thurston is using shadows as a way of echoing the world.