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DIANA GORDON
February 28 March 24, 2018


100 Colors 18 Paintings

Diana Gordon loves her journey.  She ceaselessly seeks out new challenges to conquer and new paths to explore.  She works daily on expanding her painting vocabulary.  She experiments, she tinkers.  The result of her explorations is a wildly entertaining yet deeply thoughtful body of work.  Gordon is able to connect with the viewer and we can’t help but smile and nod in appreciation of the little things she shows us.  A dab of color here, a piece of collage there… how do these impact the meaning of the work? Will adding a line send the painting in a different direction?  How do you see a still life in a new way or capture the essentials of a landscape?  In Gordon’s work you can see the puzzles being solved, the challenges surmounted and fun being had along the way. 

The artist writes, “This body of work reflects my growing interest in structurally composed paintings that balance precision and color in unexpected ways. I paint from things I see and things I imagine for as long as it takes for the painting to achieve a final state of repose.

“Color spontaneously applied or crisply calibrated on the canvas and the physicality of the paint itself is why I paint. I am irresistibly drawn to color that appeals to its neighbors in emotionally different ways - vibrant, playful, peaceful, bold, chaotic, soft, or radiant - as if lit internally.

“This work is intuitive, without assumption: I explore tangible shapes and forms as well as representational images with fond associations. In every painting, the unnecessary is eventually jettisoned until what is essential remains.

“When I finish a painting, I have “dance[d] to the end of love” (Leonard Cohen). Each painting has been mined to its core - the work doesn’t rely on an explanation - hopefully it invites you in. When a painting resonates beyond its scale and feels contagious to you, the viewer, a conversation has begun.”

 

Bjork Flowers, 2017, oil and collage on paper, 30 x 22"
Bjork Flowers, 2017, oil and collage on paper, 30 x 22"



Kachina Liftoff, 2018, oil on canvas, 36 x 36"
Kachina Liftoff, 2018, oil on canvas, 36 x 36"


 

 

I Have the Right, 2017, oil and collage on canvas, 30 x 30"
Orange on TopI Have the Right,, 2017,
oil and collage on canvas, 30 x 30"
Orilla, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 40"
Orilla,, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 40"

 

 

High Spirits, 2016, oil and collage on canvas, 40 x 40"
High Spirits, 2016, oil and collage on canvas, 40 x 40"

 

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