Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Studio H launches Rod Glover "Ungrounded" Saturday 6-9 pm

Studio H (408 H St) will host the opening reception for "Ungrounded" by Rod Glover on Saturday, April 17, from 6 - 9 p.m. The show will run through May 12.

More info on the exhibition is reproduced below:

Rod Glover's paintings simplify the complexities of life without the need for representational depictions. He constructs his work using abstract shapes and color. "Abstract shapes have undeniable power. The orientation or action of a shape evokes conflict, balance, anxiety or harmony. In shapes we perceive ourselves, and they become the archetypes of existence" explains Glover. The shapes in Glover’s work seem to float in space that he imagines to be infinite. The forms are in movement through time. The shapes speak of many things: relationships, solitude, confrontation, awakening, joy, stillness, order or chaos.

Glover's work is influenced by early geometric or reductive abstractionists. Painters such as Kandinsky, Malevich and Moholy-Nagy used geometric shapes to reject illusionist practices in the belief that shapes could convey expressive feelings and ideas without the need for recognizable or objective forms.

The paintings are built through many layers, beginning with a basic foundation of color. Portions of the foundation are masked and masking is added in each successive layer to retain areas of that specific color and to introduce new elements to be preserved throughout the process. The visual and physical texture of the work is extremely important. The ability to see layers of paint, to see how abrasions reveal what has come before, all heighten the depth of field. This richness of surface, imperfect, aged, sometimes scratched or pocked, creates an acknowledgement of time and change.

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