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  Translucent
 June 23 - August 12, 2017
 

Translucent examines how artists exploit the inherent nature of materials to achieve translucency in their work. The exhibition features painting, sculpture and photographs by the following artists: Andrea Belag, Michelle Benoit, Freddy Chandra, Christopher Dunlap, James Lecce, Shane McAdams, Doreen McCarthy, Maureen McQuillan, Shari Mendelson, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Erin O’Keefe, Fran O'Neill, Rob de Oude, Gary Petersen, Don Voisine, and Laura Sharp Wilson.
 
Andrea Belag works in oil, applying layers of saturated and intense color with wide brushes to create a fluidly rhythmic and structured composition. Don Voisine’s multiple layers of matte and glossy ultramarine blue oil paint are applied within a reductive geometric format, giving the illusion of endless space. Rob de Oude weaves multiple lines of oil color, creating Op-like pulsations and a translucent center. Using her arms and hands, Fran O’Neill applies her oil paint in muscular swooping strokes of jewel-like colors, while James Lecce pours and pools contrasting translucent and opaque layers of acrylic polymer emulsion to create pulsing and flowing imagery. Also working with acrylic polymer, Maureen McQuillan intersperses undulating white ink lines with pure ink colors to create great depth and unexpected color combinations that emerge from multiple layers of color on a clear medium. Shane McAdams creates rich veils of color with distinct linear edges in his abstractions by combining blown ballpoint ink with heated clear resins. In Christopher Dunlap’s painting, layered translucent geometries frame an opaque and patterned center, creating an overall architectonic vista. Also referencing architectural space are Erin O’Keefe’s set-up photographs, which exploit translucent panels and reflected light to create environments that play with visual perception. Shari Mendelson’s vessels recall classical glass vase forms from antiquity, but are created from that most ubiquitous of modern materials, recycled plastic bottles, which are painted with acrylic. In Doreen McCarthy’s lively sculpture of multi-sized, colored Plexiglas triangles, the passage of light through the surfaces and multi-hued shadows and reflections give the illusion of volumetric space continuing beyond the forms. Gary Petersen creates interacting zones of space using a translucent veil of white acrylic between playful and irregular geometric fore- and background areas. In Freddy Chandra’s painting/sculpture hybrids, acrylic and urethane paints on cast rectangular acrylic panels create rhythmic and luminous color sequences. Michelle Benoit’s small-scaled and softly-colored cast and layered Lucite panels evoke for the artist past events, memories, and a sense of place. Imparting a psychological weight to her idiosyncratic landscape, Laura Sharp Wilson renders heavy, over-scaled translucent chains draped and crisscrossed over her composition. In an intentional reversal of a colonial expedition, Vietnamese émigré Pipo Nguyen-duy recorded botanical samples gathered from Monet’s gardens at Giverny in intensely-hued cyanotypes, rendering the plant forms ghostly and immaterial through his process.
 
 
Andrea Belag
Bunch of Blue, 2015
Oil on linen
48 x 56 inches

Michelle Benoit
Pink Under, 2016
Mixed media on Lucite
6 x 6 x 1 5/8 inches

Michelle Benoit
Slope, 2016
Mixed media on Lucite and maple
6 x 6 x 1 5/8 inches
 
Michelle Benoit
Slope in White, 2016
Mixed media on Lucite and maple
6 x 6 x 2 inches

Freddy Chandra
Ascent, 2016
Acrylic and resin on cast acrylic
72 x 16 inches

Christopher Dunlap
OV/VR, 2016
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
 
James Lecce
Kickball #1, 2017
Acrylic polymer emulsion on canvas on panel
24 x 18 inches

Shane McAdams
Pen Blow #179, 2017
Ballpoint pen ink and resin on wood panel
12 x 12 inches

Shane McAdams
Pen Blow #181, 2017
Ballpoint pen ink and resin on wood panel
12 x 12 inches
 
Doreen McCarthy
Curious Inversion, 2017
Plexiglas
33 x 91 x 28 inches
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Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/DOYX8), 2017
Ink and acrylic polymer on wood panel
16 x 15 inches

Maureen McQuillan
Untitled (DS/FX7), 2017
Ink and acrylic polymer on wood panel
16 x 15 inches
 
Shari Mendelson
Shiny Blue Vessel, 2015
Recycled platic, hot glue, and resin
11 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Shari Mendelson
Yellow/Green Urn, 2016
Recycled platic, hot glue, resin, acrylic polymer, paint, and metal
13 x 13 x 3 inches

Shari Mendelson
Ennion-Like Vessel with 10 Handles, 2014
Recycled platic, hot glue, resin, acrylic polymer, and paint
11 1/2 x 6 x 6 inches
 
Pipo Nguyen-duy
Untitled L19, Monet's Garden, Giverny, 1998
Cyanotype
15 x 11 1/2 inches

Pipo Nguyen-duy
Untitled L26, Monet's Garden, Giverny, 1998
Cyanotype
15 x 11 1/2 inches

Erin O'Keefe
Things As They Are #57, 2017
Archival pigment print
20 x 16 inches
 
Erin O'Keefe
Things As They Are #72, 2017
Archival pigment print
20 x 16 inches

Fran O'Neill
slow move, 2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches

Rob de Oude
Even Flow, 2017
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
 
Rod de Oude
White Heat, 2017
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches

Gary Petersen
Shifting Upward, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 inches

Don Voisine
Halo, 2017
Oil and acrylic on panel
20 x 20 inches
 
Laura Sharp Wilson
Fence and Fake Fire, 2016
Acrylic and graphite on printed paper mounted on wood panel
16 1/2 x 14 1/4
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