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Jennifer Wolf: Landscape at William Turner Gallery

May 28, 2013 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

William Turner Gallery is pleased to present Landscape, the second solo exhibition of new paintings by Jennifer Wolf. An opening reception for the exhibition, which runs through July 6th, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30PM on Saturday, June 1st.

Landscape #13 48x96 2013 Hand Ground Pigment and Acrylic Medium On Canvas over Wood Panel raw

With this exhibition, Wolf unveils an exquisite series of fluid abstractions. The paintings are composed using ground mineral pigments, which Wolf has been collecting from geographic sites for over a decade. Utilizing the varied properties of the different minerals, the paintings employ intuitive gestures to produce nuanced layers and organic textures. Wolf’s Landscapes compel the historic definition to reach beyond notions of ‘depicted image’ to include abstraction as a ‘scape’ and ‘land’ as a ‘medium’.

Landscape #13 48x96 2013 Hand Ground Pigment and Acrylic Medium On Canvas over Wood Panel raw

Wolf grew up in Southern California hiking the Santa Ynez and Santa Monica Mountains. This intimate connection with the landscape led Wolf to explore using the earthen colors she saw around her and to learn the early painting techniques of transforming collected minerals into useable pigments. This led to a progressive innovation past simply reviving old world techniques, as she began to combine these organic minerals with state of the art acrylic mediums. Each color is discovered through extensive exploration of the landscape and collected over many years, their processing and use subsequently recalling the artist’s personal experiences of disparate geographies. Thus the paintings become evidence of this history, each a sort of map recording not only place, but time. The mortar and pestle she employs to grind the rock transforms the laborious process into a meditation, acting as a portal to the artist’s memories as it exposes the pure color. Each strike of the pestle upon the mineral, whether it was collected from France, Peru, Santa Barbara or Santa Monica is a reminder of a specific experience in the natural environment.

Landscape #13 48x96 2013 Hand Ground Pigment and Acrylic Medium On Canvas over Wood Panel raw

William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station E1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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