June 29 – July 29, 2017
July 22, 4-6 pm. Reception
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Janet Milhomme www.janetmilhommephoto.com Artist Statement Art is inherently emotional. We are drawn to a work because of how it makes us feel, and we appreciate the artist’s ability to evoke our response. An image can thrill, shock, delight or sadden us. Our minds respond to images and those responses can be powerful. My goal as an artist is to create images that have multiple layers and meanings, that have an expressive quality that moves the viewer—whether it comes from the beauty of a flower, the poignancy of a scene or portrait, or from the color, shape and texture of an abstract form. Each of my portfolios is distinct, but they all share a common objective: to create images with enough expressive power to produce a dynamic with the viewer, to provide opportunity for new interpretations and thereby allow the images to yield their full meaning.
Tina Frugoli www.tinafrugoli.com Artist Statement I make brightly colored flat paintings in which the viewer’s focus may flow in and out of abstraction. In one moment a landscape might be seen and objects recognized, while in the next we might notice shapes and areas of color.
I am curious about what we see, and how our minds create order. I believe that what we value determines what we see; so we have our own hierarchy of imagery that guides our perception. I feel like there is just one big landscape. In my paintings people are part of that landscape. All shapes and shadows are connected influential elements of one environment.
The paintings are snapshots of common moments: driving on the freeway, eating dinner, standing in a garage. I translate these pictures into loose line drawings, strengthening shapes that would often fade into the background. Bright, flat areas of color help to equalize image hierarchy. I use saturated color to pop shapes forward. Bringing everything to the foreground affects where our attention goes. I am playing with subverting the order that is created by our minds. I hope my paintings will offer a trippy view of a common moment.