Here's our press release. The first fifty visitors get a special, customized WHACK! door prize, (as if you needed any more encouragement to see the show.)
|Adria Arch, Next Nest, acrylic on Dibond, 122 x 122 cm|
|Jodi Colella, I/Me, fiber, thread, mixed media, 91.5 x 75 x 39 cm|
The show’s title refers to the intensity of color and texture on view and the immediacy and urgency of a three day show.
Adria Arch’s new paintings start with a splash. Working in an intuitive, gestural tradition, she brings in the element of chance at the beginning. The liquid spill, a pooling pour of paint, is the first mark that determines a causative sequence of subsequent marks. For works that are concerned with feeling and surprise and bursts of energy, Arch lets the abstract contour, and the initial color, of that first exuberant gesture determine the spaces she builds across her large-scale surfaces.
Jodi Colella transforms stuffed animals already imbued with meaning into dimensional, imaginary beings that are rich in pattern, color and texture. Obsessed with process, she uses needle and thread to reconstruct found objects into figures laced with whimsy and threat. As embodiments of human nature these beasts resonate with the cultural and psychological plights of the modern world.