Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tricia Rumbolz - Yantra #7

This week Tricia Rumbolz brought into the gallery the last piece from an 2012 series of what she called 'Yantras'.  I think a paragraph from her artists statement is appropriate to this piece. 

"The production process is often tedious and time-consuming, requiring a sustained level of concentration.  I focus my attention on the details of the project, trusting that over time a sense of wholeness will emerge. This, along with the use of repetition, enables residual anomalies to have a noticeable impact on the final composition, which interests me because it mimics a basic quality found in nature"

Tricia Rumbolz - Yantra #7 - Archival Pen on Panel - 12 x 12 inches

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Small Eric Gushee Sculpture

Eric Gushee created an amazing, oversized outdoor sculpture for the gallery last year. It snakes across our back courtyard, floating above our heads like a rusty, metallic cloud.
Eric Gushee Outdoor Sculpture
He also makes smaller sculptures and we have one in the gallery this month. It is made out of 'rebar wire' that is 'woven' into the organic, hive-like shapes. All of Eric's sculptures have a graphic appeal, and often feel like three dimensional drawings, changing as the viewer moves around the piece. His sculptures all have a bit of movement to them and the one in the gallery has a matte black finish. Smaller in scale than most of his work, perfect for an urban living space, it can hang off a wall or sit on a table top.

Eric Gushee - Untitled - Rebar Wire - 18x18x12 inches
Eric Gushee - Detail

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tricia Rumbolz and Color Theory

In the gallery this month are a series of panels by Tricia Rumbolz that have, at their core, a strong color theory conception. Tricia's work always begins with a strong initial idea that will then propel her through the often long process of it's execution. In this case color theory, as it plays out on the color wheel, is at the heart of these six panels.

For example, in the panel pictured below, the color violet is the starting point for a series of explorations of color mixing. The upper left disc is created by drawing, by hand, a radiating series of lines - the left side of that disc is made up of purely violet lines, the right side of the disc made up of alternating violet and orange lines.  The disc on the upper right-hand side is made up of alternating lines of violet, blue and yellow. The disc on the lower left - alternating lines of violet, yellow and red. And the disc on the lower right - violet, blue and red.

Tricia Rumbolz - 240 Violet Lines, 40 Orange, 120 Yellow, 120 Red, 120 Blue - 12"x12"

Upon close viewing the lines are distinct. When the panels are viewed from a slight distance the line merge and the colors mix. This is not unlike the way the painters such as George Seurat applied distinct daubs of paint to his canvases and let the color mix for the viewer.

George Seurat - Beach at Gravelines, 1890 - Courtlaund Institute of Art

In all there are six panels in Tricia's series. Each panel exploring varied color combinations. Each panel is 12 x 12 inches.

Trica Rumbolz - Various Panels

Color Wheel Illustrating a Few Color Relationships

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Andersonville Midsommarfest - This Weekend

The gallery will be open all weekend while the Andersonville Midsommarfest, the local street fair, takes place today and tomorrow. In the gallery there will be refreshments, a little peace and quiet, and clean facilities. if you need them. Stop in and see the new show 'X Marks the Spot', an amazing array of work from three artists all based on the guiding form of the X.
Michael McGuire - Untitled X Study - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 inches

Sunday, May 18, 2014

X Marks The Spot

The June 2014 show at Las Manos Gallery will be called 'X Marks The Spot'. The show will have new work from Michelle Peterson Albandoz, Tricia Rumbolz and Michael McGuire. These artist, though working in independent directions and varying materials, regularly use the elemental form of the X as an opening into their investigations. 'X Marks The Spot' will consist of new work from each of these artists that use the structure of the X in distinctive and personal ways. 

There will be a preview party on Thurday, June 5, 2014 from 5 to 8pm. The work will be in the gallery for the month of June including the weekend of Andersonville 'Midsommarfest', June 6 - 8th. Hope you can stop by. 

Michelle Peterson Albandoz - X Study #4 - Found Wood - 2 x 2' - 2014
Tricia Rumbolz - 4 Focal Points, 340 Lines - Archival Pen on Panel - 12 x 12'' - 2014
Michael McGuire - Studio View with Unfinished Union Jack