“Small Abstractions” Douglas Stanton and Geoff Marcy at Buckalow’s Fine and Decorative Art

412 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM 88301, 763-350-2661. A special Opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 A.M. until 6 P.M.., 2013.

The “Square Abstraction” series utilizes set parameters as a starting point for each of the paintings. All the paintings are square, 24 inches to each side. All paintings are monochrome using black and white high gloss pigment to render a full set of values from black to grey to white. Square stencils of various sizes are used to apply the paint in overlapping patterns building up the compositions through conscience decisions and accidental events. There is no attempt to create specific compositions or the allusion of particular realities. Areas not covered completely by the stencils are painted in, filling the entire canvas with unplanned patterns. The final step is to “tune” the painting by making minor adjustments to the various elements within the picture. This sometimes includes various drips and splatters created with a paint brush (a la Jackson Pollock) to “knit” the final painting image together. The result is a series of paintings of the same size and shape each having very distinct, individual abstract “compositions”. The viewer
is left to conjure whatever visual or emotional content they can from the painting. The paintings from a distance look very different than they do when viewing them close up. With no obvious composition the paintings have no beginning or end; the eye is free to wander about making individual connections and associations.

The exhibit entitled “Small Abstractions” will include recent paintings by Stanton. The show will run through June 23. Douglas Stanton works primarily in small sizes, most of which are square formats. Using acrylic paints as his medium, he works with unconventional tools, such as putty knives, squeegees, and trowels. “I begin with no pre-conceived image and create my work by pure improvisation.” Stanton went on to say, “Once I make my first mark, I react to that and ask myself, ‘Where do I go from here?’. The painting progresses as I continue to react to marks I’ve made until I feel the painting is complete. The viewer is left to conjure whatever visual or emotional content they can from the paintings. With no obvious composition the paintings have no beginning or end; the eye is free to wander about making individual connections and associations.”

The May 11th Opening will also feature Geoff Marcy, a ceramist that has created “Crystalline Glazed Ceramic Vessels” for the exhibition. The Opening will provide free refreshments from 11:00 A.M. – 2 P.M., as well as live entertainment throughout the day.

Regular Gallery hours are Fri/Sat/Mon: 10-4PM / Sun: 12-4 PM.
For more information, please call the Gallery at 763-350-2661 or email the
Gallery at sayhitobarb@mac.com or email Douglas Stanton at dmstanon2000@aol.com

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