Laura Rathe Fine Art presents Stallman and Janna Watson: "Midnight Blooms" opening house

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Laura Rathe Fine Art presents Stallman and Janna Watson: Midnight Blooms
Janna Watson, Untitled, 48 x 60 in, mixed media on panel. Photo courtesy of Janna Watson

Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, will present "Midnight Blooms," a duo exhibition featuring new works by Stallman and Janna Watson.

Using bold contrasts of light and dark, Stallman and Watson create an impactful experience through their distinctive techniques. Stallman merges painting and sculpture into one, while Watson strikes a balance between gestural brushwork and precision. Through contrasting vibrant colors against dark backgrounds and borders, both of their intricate and undulating forms energetically blossom and flourish.

By combining painting and sculpture, Jason Hallman and Steven Stum, collectively known as Stallman, have pioneered a new technique, forming a body of work dubbed "Canvas on Edge." In these groundbreaking works, hand-cut canvas strips are meticulously twisted into dynamic compositions, each as unique as the organic cellular models that inspired them. While Stallman’s craftsmanship is unmatched, their magnificent use of color is what steals the show, combining hues that flow naturally together to create incredibly soft, yet powerful gradients that wax and wane with light. The cut edge of the canvas creates an elevated line drawing that never ceases or breaks, allowing the eye to explore in an almost hypnotic state. The result is a kaleidoscope-like maze, equal part curve and color, that comes alive as the viewer ambulates.

Watson's compelling abstract compositions use color, line, and energetic brushstrokes to evoke emotion in the viewer. Her work possesses an elegant and powerful energy, created with a carefully balanced pairing of loose painting and concise gestural mark-making. Watson's paint strokes are feeling, sensing, emotive "moments" that wholly refer to this artistic approach, transcending realms beyond the world of pure abstraction. Watson’s compositions are an intriguing assertion of bold gesture set against atmospheric expression.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through May 7.

Event Details



Laura Rathe Fine Art
1130 Dragon St.
Dallas, TX 75207


Ticket Info

Admission is free.