Ky Anderson “Careful Foresters” and Laura Fayer “Dream Logic”

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

poster for Ky Anderson “Careful Foresters” and Laura Fayer “Dream Logic”
[Image: Laura Fayer "Sound of the Land" (2019) acrylic and Japanese paper on canvas 48 x 48 in.]

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Kathryn Markel Fine Arts presents “Dream Logic,” featuring new works by Laura Fayer, and “Careful Foresters,” featuring new paintings by Ky Anderson.

Fayer’s mixed media paintings evoke an ephemeral natural world, poised in a delicate balance between dynamism and tranquility, movement and harmony. Fayer creates her mixed media works through a combination of printmaking and painting. She uses handmade stencils and stamps to print patterns and lines onto very thin Japanese paper. This is then applied to the canvas in layers and painted over with acrylic medium, which causes the paper to dissolve into transparency. Only the printed marks remain, interspersed with rich swathes of acrylic paint. Throughout this process, the surface of the canvas undergoes constant changes, hundreds of micro-decisions, revisions, additions, and overlays. The resulting effect creates a world of constant movement and change, where printed images float and weave among the painted washes of color.

“I rely on visual memories of childhood years living in Japan and allow the memories to help shape my sensibilities,” says Fayer. “When I think back on these years, the memories are vast and fluid.” Capturing the fluidity of her memories abroad, Fayer’s pieces have a quiet but incessant, organic rhythm. Her imagery is based on waves, wind, moving trees, and music. Although much of Fayer’s work is nature-based and inspired by landscapes, she rarely relies on specific scenes or spaces, preferring to source from abstracted sense-impressions of movement and unusual juxtapositions.

Anderson’s paintings on canvas and paper are composed of layers of bold, linear forms. Channeling the primitive origins of drawing with a serene palette and simple shapes, she constructs compositions that are not quite symmetric, but beautifully balanced. Floating layers of color and texture evoke a sense of intuition and unplanned, instinctual mark making.

Over time her process has evolved from a reliance on narrative reference and storytelling towards a more instinctual, abstract language of form. Painted overlays and textural patterns act as signs and signifiers, crafting constructions of painted language that form expressive and potent visual poetry. In her own words:

“As my work has become more abstract so have the stories. Just a quick moment or a small memory can now be enough content for a painting. By letting go of the large story and embracing the micro narrative it’s allowed the abstract and formal side of my painting to emerge as a stronger force. I’m searching for just the right balance of abstraction, formalism and narrative painting in my work.”



from October 24, 2019 to November 30, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-10-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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