Monday, August 31, 2015

Roland Kulla ~ Structural Complexities

Roland Kulla, Airline II, 48" x 60"

An Opening Reception for Roland Kulla's most recent body of photo-realistic bridge paintings will take place at ZIA Gallery on Saturday, September 12TH from 5-8PM.

Kulla—a long time friend—has been exploring the visual patterns and repetition of bridges for more than fifteen years. The painted web-like steel structures seem to be metaphor for the obstacles in life... not barriers but the day-to-day challenges that make us alter course—if only temporarily. The beauty of the paintings continues with a peaceful and brilliant backdrop of atmospheric freedom. This—must see—series is filled with amazingly beautiful and complex compositions.

ZIA Gallery is located at 548 Chestnut in Winnetka, Illinois. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10–5. Street parking is plentiful.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Almost Human ~ The work of Beth Carter

 On a recent trip to New York, I met Lauren Wagner, an art consultant for Axelle Fine Art Galerie in Soho. Wagner is an amazingly passionate consultant who clearly loves the work that she represents.

Walking into the gallery at 472 West Broadway, it was hard not to approach the ominous sculptures that greeted visitors. The dark and almost-human works of British artist, Beth Carter drew me in like a moth to a flame. The sinister looking creatures— sometimes bronze and sometimes resin—expose sensitive, human emotions, deflecting the expected horror associated with monsters. The characters can be found reading a book, attempting to repair the petal of a flower, or gazing at a moth. They touch the heart of the viewer—the segment that knows that our exterior shell is just a shell.

I strongly suggest stopping in to Axelle Fine Art on your next trip to Manhattan. The summer group show, which includes Beth Carter, concludes on September 13. Introduce yourself to consultant Lauren Wagner. She’s amazing.

Beth Carter, Minotaur and Moth, Bronze. Edition of 15. 13″x10”x12”

Beth Carter received her degree in Fine Art from Sunderland University in the United Kingdom. In 1995, she was awarded 1st prize in the “Northern Graduate Show ‘95” at The Royal College of Art, London. Afterwards, she traveled to Sri Lanka and India to study mythological sculpture. She later travelled to New Zealand, Mexico, Gambia, Kenya and Tanzania to further explore the precedents for this genre of sculpture. Her work has been shown in the US and abroad and appears in private collections throughout Europe, Asia and the US.