Conduit Gallery presents Marcelyn McNeil, Annette Lawrence, and Angel Oloshove opening reception
Marcelyn McNeil's understanding and awareness of the material "paint," and ways in which to manipulate it are the result of accumulated knowledge gained from a life of varied creative experiences. Painting for her includes lots of pouring taping and manipulating different paint viscosities. Viewers often have a two-fold experience seeing; from a distance assertive simple masses stand out, while up close the surfaces are nuanced with subtle stains, under painting, drips and slippages.
Annette Lawrence’s work is generally related to text and information, often in response to physical space and time. The work is grounded in autobiography, counting, and the measurement of everyday life. Her subjects of inquiry range from body cycles, to ancestor portraits, music lessons, and unsolicited mail. Lawrence’s new body of work engages time and accumulation through 25 years of journal keeping. Her recent graphite drawings are circular grids based on charts made while digitizing hand written journals.
Contemporary humans beings are surrounded with mass produced objects. These can be found in any big box store and there is very little attention to unique design and voice. In recent years, we have seen a boom in craft design. A desire for the beauty of a hand crafted object is on the rise and leading the charge is ceramics. Angel Oloshove delved deep into ceramics learning all she could about different firing techniques and building methods. Somewhere along the way the big Texas sky with its technicolor sunsets seeped into her heart and became part of her visual language.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through November 30.