October 2017: Dvora Kanegis
For October, our Paquette Gallery will feature the work of Dvora Kanegis.
About the Artist
Life has taken me to a more internal place where quiet feeds me.
I used to be interested in painting the thing. Now I am interested in painting the nothing. Less! Less!
What is implied, not defined, interests me.
For me color defines space and evokes emotion.
I was influenced by the work and teachings of Josef Albers, a Bauhaus artist who left Germany for the United States in 1933. In 1950 he became the head of the Art Department at Yale University. His revolutionary use of color as it defines space and emotion and his methods of teaching about the use of color influenced my work, as it did a great many artists on the east coast. My professor during my years studying art at Skidmore College was one of his students. Later I attended graduate school at Yale University Art School, where Albers’ teachings lived on.
Color is more important to me than line or form. I am interested in how colors come forward or recede depending on the color field in which they live and how combinations of colors evoke different feelings. I mix colors depending on my mood and begin to play; I never know what I am going to do when I start painting. It is an exploration, an adventure, which concludes when I like what I see.
I paint on Venetian plaster with acrylic washes:
I trowel on several layers of plaster to primed, stretched canvas making the surface as smooth as I can. Small irregularities add interest. I then apply layers of acrylic washes. The plaster absorbs the color until it is saturated. This creates luminosity and transparency. Colors mix visually rather than physically. For example, a yellow layer painted over a blue layer, appears green. The technique of painting on plaster is reminiscent of the frescos of the Roman times and the Italian Renaissance. Though the surface looks delicate, it is very durable. I have tried to remove a section of a painting and found it impossible to do. This medium offers me great flexibility and opportunity for fresh experimentation.
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, October 14, 2017 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Each month, join us for a free artist’s reception with our featured artist. The Paquette Gallery will be open from 5-7 pm with free hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. Don’t miss your chance to meet Dvora in person.
Creative Mixer: Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:30pm-7:00pm
Join the Salida Council for the Arts and the Salida Creative District in the Paquette Gallery for a fine and festive social hour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Munchies are served, the cash bar is open, live music will be playing, The Fiber Arts Guild will speak about their respective work, and you’ll hear news about the many creative projects being launched.
Join us, bring your friends, meet some new ones, and, if you have news about your own artistic endeavor, you’re invited to step up on the “Soapbox” to share the excitement.