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GreenHill enthusiastic about showcasing ‘It’s All About the Hue’ exhibit

by Kashif Stone

“This is an exhibition that does not direct the viewer to follow a narrative but rather seduces through vivid saturated colors and the immediacy of the artist’s hand,” said GreenHill curator Edie Carpenter on the current exhibit entitled “It’s All About the Hue” featured at the gallery. Opening in late January, the exhibit was received by a very enthusiastic audience. The breathtaking gallery space features the works of the four artists behind the project using primarily wall space, leaving an open, spacious feel so guest can luxuriate in the color, energy and vibe coming off each work.

Artists Donald Martiny, Carolyn Nelson, Margie Stewart and James Williams are the masterminds behind the exhibit. The four share an ongoing investigation of the evocative powers of color. The complexities of color can be viewed in terms of hue, value saturation and temperature. Artists transform color into a personal visual language. This collaboration does not take away from each artist’s individual talent and accomplishments over the years, but can be viewed as four oneperson exhibition spaces at the GreenHill gallery. The mission of the project is to allow visitors to experience four distinct pictorial sensibilities in works such as still life paintings, textile composition, wall reliefs, and abstract cartographies. This unique exhibition is the way four artists engage viewers in the process of seeing and how the almost physical experience of color in their works become a conduit for emotion.

Color and gesture take center stage in Martiny’s larger than life-size painting. Martiny draws on the history of Minimalism and color field paining to generate new ideas developed over a decade. “I believe experiencing color can positively influence our health, our behavior, and can in fact spiritually nourish our entire being,” said Martiny. Maritiny uses polymers and dispersed pigments to model sculptural reliefs in the form of brushstrokes taken from studies that often measure between six and nine feet in height and rise several inches off the wall when hung.

Nelson’s work often appears to capture the energy of place such as fields, marshes, deserts, clouds, and oceans. She uses color as atmosphere in her intimate textile works and describes her latest pieces as “unobstructed vistas in which repetitive marks made by stitching over the entire surface of each piece, often several layers of stitches, create an overall web of color and texture.”

Quick and vibrant brushstrokes are what Stewart utilizes, often only revealing objects as fragments or impressions in her still life paintings. Stewart draws influence from diverse artist such as Cezanne, Sean Scully, and Morandi. She uses light and color to capture the essence of her subject. “Color in itself is so complex – hue, value, saturation, and temperature – along with proportion and relationship provide such a rich visual language— intuition is always a driving force,” said Stewart.

Williams’ series of paintings feature a signature gestural line and playful colors. He describes his works as a “densely layered color field, large-scale abstract paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint, graphite, ink and tape on canvas,” and cites cartography and architecture as his main influences. Pink, orange, and blue planes break up space on his canvases while spontaneous dark lines evoke a sense of energy and excitement.

The exhibit is hosting “Artists Talk” events allowing visitors to meet the artist behind the works. The artist will discuss the works in the exhibit and further explain the evolution of their work with slideshow presentations to help visitors understand their processes from conception to finished work, as well as the themes and inspiration that nourishes their creative practices.

According to GreenHill curator Edie Carpenter, the exhibit has been wellreceived and seen by almost 400 visitors from across the state and as far away as Virginia, Maine, and Connecticut. “Of the people that signed our guestbook, there has been only on person who was not positive in their assessment of the show,” said Carpenter. “I would certainly invite visitors to come and make their own assessment. A young man wanted to rent the gallery Valentine’s Day week-end to visit the exhibition with his new girlfriend which is the first time we have had this request.” Carpenter considers the exhibition a satisfying collaboration, in which GreenHill has been instrumental in bringing the artist’s work to the public. !

WANNA go?

The exhibit will showcase at GreenHill until March 24th during normal business hours . The next Artist Talk program featuring Donald Martiny and James Williams will be held on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

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