Constellations at AWG

06/07/2019 - 06/29/2019

Time: 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery
80 Border St
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The assigning of celestial bodies a reference to human experience was one of the hallmarks of our evolution. The earliest of us saw their entire worlds captured in the patterns arranged by the stars. There was nothing of chance in these configurations. To the early peoples, they were deliberately placed. It was an affirmation of sentience, the stirrings of the belief in higher powers; gods, beings other than themselves that had the power over wind, rain, darkness, light, life and death.

Both Marjorie Kaye and George Shaw compose configurations, addressing the relationship between energetic fields. Juxtaposition of color describes a certain vibration present in both artists’ works. For Marjorie Kaye this is brought about by cutting apart the shapes in infinity. For George Shaw, the subtlety of a minimal series of shapes touched by textural components lassoes and quiets the sound of the surface.

In Marjorie Kaye’s paintings there are obvious relationships between the points present in each shape. The eye follows miniature color fields, detailed dissection of larger planes. There are vortexes present within each separate shape, layering and spreading over the surface. These points channel energy, color acting as a propellant. The panels are shaped, encouraging repositories of color to interact between one end of the surface to another. Some of these works are done in multiple shaped panels. In “Dragon’s Path”, there are 21 small panels connected by their centers. Lines of continuity are contained and passed along from shape to shape. In another piece, 3 individual shaped panels are connected by biomorphic shapes containing additional forms, broken up into seemingly living entities swimming within the confines of the appointed energy field.

George Shaw’s work is built upon his belief that the heavens and stars are incomprehensible to us. His work is constructed; within the building up of the surface are infinite planes of saturation. He believes that the vast heavens make us feel insignificant. His work strives to find a place, organizing the components of the pieces as the stars, into meaningful things or constellations. He seeks to make the heavens approachable and a way to guide himself through his earthly journeys.

Both Kaye and Shaw work within spatial relationships, assigning individual components as influencers of the whole. Energy fields are inescapable, providing a delicate balance in Shaw’s constructions, and a set of indelicate explosions in Kaye’s paintings. The opposing energies create a unity of tension in the conjunction of works.

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