Monday, April 16, 2007

Color: Field Tests by Sondra Arkin at Nevin Kelly

Molten Shore (2007), 24 x 24, encaustic on dibond

Color: Field Tests by Sondra Arkin
April 18 - May 13, 2007

Opening Reception / April 19 / 6-9pm
Artist Talk / May 6 / 2-pm

The Nevin Kelly Gallery will host a solo exhibition of works by Washington, DC artist Sondra N. Arkin from April 18 until May 13, 2007. The exhibition, titled Color: Field Tests, presents Arkin's encaustic paintings and mixed media assemblage in the color field tradition in cooperation with the ColorField remix city-wide tribute to the Color Field movement and its influences. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist on Thursday, April 19, from 6 until 9 o'clock p.m.

Working in encaustic and mixed media assemblage, Arkin explores the role that combinations of color play in communicating a sense of energy, mood, and depth (and how color's impact differs for each viewer). Arkin also teases out multiple meanings of the word field as it relates to the creation and perception of art-working in her chosen field of endeavor, Arkin has created color field works that she will put on display. By thus being placed in the field, they become part or our own field of vision. How they affect us depends largely on our own fields of reference. Each sense of the word-from pursuit, to mode of creation, to physical presence, to visibility and individualized perception-plays an essential role in how the works move us.

Arkin's examination of color's influence will not end with her efforts in the studio. She will select colors for several of the gallery's walls, against which she will hang works of similar size, composition, and palette. These works will combine to form a larger installation that will field test the ways in which individual works affect-and are affected by-the environment in which they are placed.

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1517 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

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