“EXPRESSIONS 2” Exhibition

Viridian Artists, Inc.

poster for “EXPRESSIONS 2” Exhibition
[Image: Kazuo Ishikawa “Imaginary Landscapes”, 9.5 x 11.5 x 3 in.]

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Chelsea: Viridian Artists Inc. presents an exhibition of recent art by Reneé Borkow, Rhonda Donovan, Stephanie Eins, Deb Flagel, Kat King, Kazuo Ishikawa, Virginia Evans Smit, and Christopher T. Terry.

“EXPRESSIONS 2” is an exhibit gathering the art of 8 outstanding Viridian Artists not having a solo exhibit this season. For each, we are sharing a small selection of their works as an appetizer for the solo show some of them will have in 2023 or 2024. All of these artists work differently, but there are connecting threads among them. Many incorporate found elements, but those who do, present them in totally different ways. Collage and construction are major components for all but the painter, but the composition of his paintings is a unique combination of reality and the still life. Both Stefanie Eins & Deb Flagel use stitching and sewing in the creation of the art, but the final results are unique. Though Christopher T. Terry and Kazuo Ishikawa both use the invisible and hidden as a beginning point for their art, Terry creates his images with paint while Ishikawa creates his by combining a variety of materials.

Kazuo Ishikawa finds himself always looking for hidden landscapes as he gathers together a variety of materials to create an artwork. To bring these elements to life, he makes the invisible visible to the viewer through juxtaposing the inconsistencies and complexities. Approaching his constructions from multi-dimensional perspectives, the works he creates possess complex spatial considerations that defy easy interpretations.

This series of collages by Reneé Borkow is based on Greek mythology and the image of the Goddess, a woman at her prime who is both independent and smart. These are complex works, filled with the symbols of both feminism and femininity, not in opposition, but depicting the wide and complex range of female concerns, then and now.

Stefanie Eins who lives in Namibia, Southern Africa creates artworks she calls drawings that combine fragments of paper from old maps or teabags and African fabrics that she collages with elements of nature: leaves, feathers, seaweed. Her drawn line is often sewn, combining the bits she gathers into artworks which speak of her life there. Her works in this series are spontaneous reactions to moments, both experimental and playful.

The underlying theme of Deb Flagel’s art relates to containers and containment. How we view objects – from within, from without, and looking through – reveals societal context and perspective. Regarding the artwork, “Crosswalk Analysis” in this exhibit, the artist says “As I walk, sidewalks appear as tablets – human marks feel like text. Through photography, I observe patterns and content. My own experience becomes a narrative thread, weaving the seemingly unrelated into a story cloth.”

Chrisopher T. Terry’s subject matter is nearly always drawn from the objects and artifacts of everyday life which he frames, lights, and presents in a manner that focuses on what is hidden behind the everyday façade. These ordinary objects take on a new appearance as the artist creates and transforms them into a scene “both meditative and taut with expectation.” About his painting, “Silent Ceremony,” the artist says, “I present the still life as a secular altar where an ambiguous ritual takes place.”

Kat King has been creating multiple interpretations of the dragon in paintings, sculptures and mixed media works for a number of years which are playful and sinister. Her early dragons were cast bronze, but more recently she has been creating fanciful dragon paintings over digital prints and mixed with images of unique imaginary flowers.

Upon first seeing Rhonda Donovan’s “May I borrow a Cup of Sugar,” one might wonder how she came to give it that title, but as you look more carefully at her constructions of fragments of fabric, paper and other materials, you begin to see the stories that are hidden beneath the surface. And storytelling is what she is doing as she assembles her complex and extremely tactile compositions. Her inspiration arises from family encounters, the stories and memories that arise from everyday moments in life.

Virginia Evans Smit was a long time Viridian Artist, active until nearly the end of her life. Working primarily as a printmaker and combining various techniques in her mixed media works, she created a range of monoprints utilizing photographic transfers, lithography and relief printing as she pushed the envelope of her explorations. Calling them her visual poetry, she most often created images of the changing flora and plants of her garden in Barbados. There will be a private reception for her family and friends on Saturday, September 17.



from September 06, 2022 to October 01, 2022

Opening Reception on 2022-09-08 from 18:00 to 20:00

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