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Incarnations by Caroline Burton
May 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 3, 2020
Garrison Art Center is delighted to announce Incarnations, a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Caroline Burton. This is Burton’s first show in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center. The exhibition will run from March 21 – May 3, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 21, from 5-7pm.
Incarnations is a series of process-intensive mixed media paintings that present themselves simultaneously as prints, paintings and objects. Patterns and richly developed surface design beckon to us through their handmade qualities making reference to traditional crafts and textile arts. Burton takes large pieces of un-stretched canvas and working on the floor proceeds to print and paint, working and reworking the surface. Many of her compositions are reassembled by cutting apart and hand-stitching back together. Burton explains that, going in, there is no preconceived vision of the final painting and meaning emerges over time. The finished paintings remain un-stretched and hang loosely on the wall projecting a sculptural modality. Burton’s exclusive use of a monochromatic palette (various shades of warm and cool grays that push towards black) reveals multiple layers of paint that pull the viewer into deep and mysterious spaces that nonetheless retain their tactile qualities and material essence.
Never far from view in all of her paintings is the presence of a grid, either subtle or overt, which acts as the foundation of her compositions, providing formal parameters for self expression, experimentation and accidents. A kind of exquisite tension is at work between the formal and the expressive. Burton speaks of her family heritage and background as being a strong influence on her artistic practice. Opposing qualities from her engineer/professor father who lived by the rule, and her creative, feminist mother, who challenged the status quo, contribute to her interest in balancing the formal minimalistic elements with the uninhibited expressive qualities of her work. The convergence of these two opposing forces informs what she does and leads to work that is both highly structured and emotionally evocative.
The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center are open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information about exhibitions and other programs please visit our website www.garrisonartcenter.org or call 845.424.3960
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