The work of two artist-members can be seen currently at Pleiades Gallery, and although each artist uses very different media from the other, the shows resonate remarkably well side-by-side, creating a poetic and moving atmosphere in tandem.
Mark employs gesture and color to maximum effect in her abstract paintings in the East gallery; the viewer is drawn in past the boldly-worked surfaces to a deeper world of optical layers and depths. She says about this body of work, entitled STEPS IN TIME, “I am often asked ‘why don’t I name my paintings?’ I seldom do, preferring to let the viewer interpret what he or she sees without being influenced by titles.”
In the West gallery, Yu-Whuan ingeniously uses the entire space (and more…spilling into the hallway and onto a potted plant behind the desk) for her enigmatic and witty installation. Her multi-faceted piece, THE ABSENCE OF SOUND (Consciousness/Unconscious), visually evokes the presence of the natural world in the interior gallery space by creating meticulously placed evocations of leaves, branches, grass, and sand, located in various spaces around the room that seem to vibrate with both motion and stillness, all in conversation with each other. It is full of implicit sound, yet silent at the same time.
The two exhibits complement each other well, and are a delight to experience together.
On display now through Saturday, September 30th.
works by Arleen Mark(L), Yu-Whuan (R)