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Christopher Dunlap
Maureen McQuillan
Laura Watt
October 30 - December 20, 2020


 
The abstract painters in this exhibition explore a biomorphic rather than geometric approach to form. All embrace patterning, repetition, and layering in their work and are further united by a strong use of color. Additionally, they each welcome intuition, chance, and deviation as part of their working process. Celebration of the irregularities of the handmade is evident throughout the work.
 
Christopher Dunlap creates rhythmic, playful, brightly colored oil paintings. The rectangular canvases are laid out in irregular checkerboards, with segments containing patterned variants of petal shapes and banded ovoids. The segments alternate in color and form, arranged in rows or radiating outward from the center, in turn creating larger diagonal patterns in the work. Dunlap notes, “Since my paintings begin with a grid—which is a pattern typically seen as structured and rigid—the process of making them by hand is essential for creating work that imparts a sense of intimacy and directness… Once the grid is established, I’m interested in how any deviation apart from the composed verticals and horizontals can create a depiction of space that unfolds outside of these directions.”
 
Maureen McQuillan’s work is the most process-oriented of the group. Her luminous paintings reflect her longtime interest in scientific investigations of color. Working with layers of acrylic polymer interspersed with colored inks, she creates multiple translucent veils of color that ripple and bend across the dark surfaces. While several of the compositions are dense and heavily layered, others take a more reductive approach with a focus on a single form or gesture, or as an exploration of black and white. In many of the paintings, straight black bands define the multiple layers, rising and receding within those spaces as the folds of color overlap and undulate.
 
Movement is key in Laura Watt’s oil paintings: irregular and layered forms within forms radiate outward from the center and along diagonal vectors, pulsing and undulating across the surfaces. Many of Watt’s vividly colored paintings are divided by color shifts as the forms on one side loosely echo those on the other in structure and density. Shapes mutate and evolve as they travel, and in the smallest paintings, evoke a kaleidoscopic quality. Watt cites a variety of influences on her work, ranging from Ukiyo-e “floating world” pictures, animation from the Japanese Studio Ghibli, British printmaking from the Grosvenor School, and Italian Futurism.
  Christopher Dunlap, BRN-R 001
Christopher Dunlap
BRN-R 001, 2020
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Christopher Dunlap, SNT
Christopher Dunlap
SNT, 2020
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Christopher Dunlap, Butterfly Dice
Christopher Dunlap
Butterfly Dice, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
  Christopher Dunlap, Stacked Petals
Christopher Dunlap
Stacked Petals, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
Christopher Dunlap, Waldorf
Christopher Dunlap
Waldorf, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
Christopher Dunlap, Untitled
Christopher Dunlap
Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
  Christopher Dunlap, VST
Christopher Dunlap
VST, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
Christopher Dunlap, Tiv
Christopher Dunlap
Tiv, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
Christopher Dunlap, Kirkland
Christopher Dunlap
Kirkland, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches
  Maureen McQuillan, DS(BWDX3X4B)
Maureen McQuillan
DS(BWDX3X4B), 2020
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
Diptych
40 x 24 inches overall
Maureen McQuillan, Untitled (DS/ROY4XBB)
Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/ROY4XBB), 2020
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
15 3/4 x 15 inches
Maureen McQuillan, Untitled (DS/BWG2XB)
Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/BWG2XB), 2020
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
15 3/4 x 15 inches
  Maureen McQuillan, Untitled (DS/VMY4XB)
Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/VMY4XB), 2020
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
15 3/4 x 15 inches
Maureen McQuillan, Untitled (DS/BY4XBB)
Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/BY4XBB), 2020
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
15 3/4 x 15 inches
Maureen McQuillan, Untitled (DS/LRB9XB)
Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/LRB9XB), 2020
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
15 x 15 3/4 inches
  Maureen McQuillan, TST/5
Maureen McQuillan
TST/5, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
Maureen McQuillan, TST/7
Maureen McQuillan
TST/7, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
Maureen McQuillan, TST/6
Maureen McQuillan
TST/6, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
  Maureen McQuillan, TST/8
Maureen McQuillan
TST/8, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
Maureen McQuillan, TST/10
Maureen McQuillan
TST/10, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
Maureen McQuillan, TST/14
Maureen McQuillan
TST/14, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
  Maureen McQuillan, TST/11
Maureen McQuillan
TST/11, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
Maureen McQuillan, TST/12
Maureen McQuillan
TST/12, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
Maureen McQuillan, TST/13
Maureen McQuillan
TST/13, 2019
Ink and acrylic polymers on wood panel
9 3/4 x 8 inches
  Laura Watt, Here We Go Again LW10071
Laura Watt
Here We Go Again, 2020
Oil on canvas
44 x 70 inches
Laura Watt, Fruited LW10072
Laura Watt
Fruited, 2020
Oil on canvas
56 x 32 inches
Laura Watt, Superman LW10073
Laura Watt
Superman, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 30 inches
  Laura Watt, Bismoline LW10074
Laura Watt
Bismoline, 2020
Oil on canvas
14 x 30 inches
Laura Watt, Untitled (Summer 2020 b) LW10075
Laura Watt
Untitled (Summer 2020 b), 2020
Oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Laura Watt, Untitled (Summer 2020 c) LW10076
Laura Watt
Untitled (Summer 2020 c), 2020
Oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches
  Laura Watt, Untitled (Summer 2020 d) LW10077
Laura Watt
Untitled (Summer 2020 d), 2020
Oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches
  Dulap, McQuillan, Watt installation 1
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Dulap, McQuillan, Watt installation 2
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