Show dates: December 20, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Artist’s reception: Thursday, January 3rd, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Pinfield Tiny Silver, 2010 - Epoxy, resin, inks, acrylic gels, insect pins, mirror 9 x 9 x 2.5 inches.
Gold and White Vessel: Window 2012 - Epoxy resin, acrylic gels, gouache, inks on mirror, 48 x 48 inches
Gold and White Vessel: Sine 2012 - Epoxy resin, acrylic gels, gouache, inks on mirror, 36 X 48 inches
Gold and White Vessel: Double Parabola 2012 - Epoxy resin, acrylic gels, gouache, inks on mirror, 24 x 48 inches
Toomey Tourell Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures and mixed media objects by Rhode Island based artist Allison Paschke.
The words that come to mind when looking at Paschke’s sculptural works usually describes light — reflected, filtered, scattered, glowing or refracted. The materiality of her sculptures distinguishes them from the tradition of Los Angeles “Light and Space” artists such as James Turrell, who use light as both subject and medium. Paschke captures light in translucent porcelain and epoxy resin, which provide an ephemeral quality that belies the sculpture’s permanence.
Paschke’s current work engages the viewer in a tension-filled interchange. Her objects are intended to change as the viewer moves past, peers into them, catches reflections and distortions, and is confined by intricate details. Each piece “creates a place for the mind”.
“All of my work is interactive”, says Paschke. “Sometimes movement through space and light affects the piece; sometimes the interaction is directly physical. I am looking for a present tense engagement, not a remote contemplation”.
In Object vs. Place, altered mirrors create distortions and become tiny worlds. In Geometry vs. Imperfection the attraction is in the simplicity that is made complex, through translucent layers and geometric perfection. In Subtlety vs. Intensity, shifts in texture become significant, in the context of monochromatic resins.
Contrast in scale between vast empty areas in small works vs. highly detailed sections of large works- two vs. three dimensionality and fragility vs. immortality define this exhibition. In the artist’s words: “The ephemeral is especially beautiful to me — the passing of light and the delicate and fragile. Trying to capture these things is a futile bid for immortality.”
Paschke’s work is in public and private collections including the Kansas City Art Institute, Blue/Cross Blue Shield and DMB&B. This is Allison Paschke’s second exhibition with Toomey Tourell.