June 11 - July 29, 2016 at Artspace Warehouse:
Artists express their everyday experiences in their artworks. Art Exhibition "Imaginary Rooms" focuses on the artists' imagination and interpretation of the real world. The featured artists create artworks that might walk you through nearly bare and quiet rooms used for relaxation while another room right next door might be a nightclub filled with music and people partying. Imaginary rooms are created in the artist's mind and while moving from room to room, they absorb their surroundings while accessing stored impressions. Those visual images evoke strong emotional reactions which are then with patience and passion translated onto the canvas.
Opening Reception Saturday June 11, 3-6pm.
Sebastien Levigne's artworks are based on a harmony of defined colors. He makes use of patterns as an excuse to work the transparency of colors and material effects, using the knife to give relief to the background. Then he completely covers the canvas with acrylic paint before adding lines, scratches, and bands using various techniques (collage, spray-paint, graffiti...).
Clara Berta's paintings explore themes such as the ebb and flow of memory, the significance of personal heritage, renewal, the passing of physical time, desire, passion, and love. Her abstract works often include reminders of her travels expressed in unexpected sequences of patterns as well as distortion of perspectives and subconscious spaces.
At first glance, German artist Bernhard Zimmer'sartworks appear abstract, similar to a meditative object without life or depopulated landscapes. The onlooker gets lured into the paintings by the unconventional forms of dance, finely textured and shimmering surfaces (in which even fragments of text are to be discovered), flooded by the colors and their subtle relationships, and ends up discovering that the pictures are full of life.
Susan Washington incorporates textile, thread, and vintage pattern paper into her painted collage works, producing surfaces layered with textures, rich colors and expressive line work. She allows threads and frayed edges to act as ‘painterly’ gestures within a loose grid of contrasting shapes that jostle for position across the canvas. Washington enjoys the tensions where shapes meet and create negative space or where color overlaps and interacts.
Los Angeles artist Amber Goldhammer paints vibrant, abstract compositions in acrylic on canvas featuring bold blocks of color and energetic brushstrokes. Goldhammer uses her contemporary paintings to express emotions akin to silent poetry while drawing inspiration for her palette from the layered world around her. Her artworks include unique textures and beautiful details in the surfaces.