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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Studio Faculty at 500X

Recurrence Relation: Three Generations of 500X
Curated by Leslie Murrell

Recurrence Relation features the work of three 500X alumni whose works are characterized by captivating repetition of forms in distinct ways. Vincent Falsetta's small color studies record the thoughtful experimentation involved in the process of painting. Paul Booker evokes natural phenomena such as fluid dynamics and animal swarms through the vocabulary of pure abstraction. Brian Spolans creates fictional worlds of small creatures undertaking both the monumental and mundane tasks of civilization. The show presents new work by all three artists, as well as two pieces by Falsetta that hearken back to his tenure as a member of 500X from 1978-1980.

Elaine Pawlowicz- Protections Spells

This exhibition of paintings by Elaine Pawlowicz highlights interconnected work from her participation in recent summer artist residencies in Montana, Wyoming and Iceland . Plein air paintings from all three locations are being shown for the first time with her paintings from imagination. Second comes "Cosmos," an installation of paintings inspired by the open night skies. They describe miniature worlds filled with psychodramas. Last comes a group of magical narrative paintings, "Protection Spells," formed by mystical Icelandic images intermingling with those of personal keepsakes. Icelandic folk tales are charged with invisible elves, trolls, dragurs (ghosts) and Gryla, the Christmas witch who eats bad children. These benevolent spells are used to keep the people and things most loved by us safe.