Conduit Gallery presents Billy Hassell, Susie Phillips, and Kendall Glover opening reception
Conduit Gallery will present the exhibition of the works by Billy Hassell, Susie Phillips, and Kendall Glover.
In his new body of work, Visions and Voices, Billy Hassell was inspired by “Aunt Fanny’s rambles” from A Place on Earth (1967) by Wendell Berry. Hassell’s works are the result of more than a walk, but a zigzagging kind of journey collecting a little of this and a little of that…. In Visions and Voices, Hassell invites us to join him on a journey with opened eyes, an opened mind and open to possibility. This past year, Billy Hassell has “travelled to some spectacularly beautiful places, collected some amazing views and experienced some rarified sights.” Some voices spoke longer and louder than others; each painting is its own vision.
Referencing the quilting tradition of Crazy Quilts which utilizes irregular pieces of fabric and asymmetrical designs, Susie Phillips mines and assembles cut paper into elaborate patterns in a compressed picture plane which create dizzying and joyful compositions. Phillips’s works continue to indulge in romantic energy and speak to modernist traditions of skewed perspective, flattened subject matter and bold palette.
Kendall Glover considers her works to be drawings as they are primarily focused on line, the redirection of line leading to the formation of planes and volumes (when three dimensions are in play), secondarily on contrast, in terms of positive verses negative space and the tension held between. The materials used are inherently delicate so the process of working with them is one of cooperation, which leans heavily on the artist’s textile dexterity. In studying modern and historical artifacts, Glover is interested in extracting and distorting gestures or forms that she finds intrinsically powerful, aiming to recreate that quality in her own abstract imagery.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display through June 25.