I went by the Nevin Kelly Gallery reception on the early side to see Sondra Arkin's exhibition, Color: Field Tests. There were lots of folks already at the reception when we arrived. Working in encaustic and mixed media assemblage, Sondra Arkin explores the role that combinations of color play in communicating a sense of energy, mood and depth. She painted several of the gallery's walls in colors and hung her work in similar size groupings. My favorite four paintings hung on complementary background colors on the west wall of the gallery. The encaustic surfaces with textured strokes show a subtle luminosity in minimalist compositions. These works successfully incorporate structure, vibrant colors, translucency, softness, and a complex energy.
Sondra Arkin will be holding an Artist Talk about her new work on Sunday, May 6, 2-4 pm at the Nevin Kelly Gallery.
(2007), 24 x 24, encaustic on dibond
Nevin Kelly Gallery
1517 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009