Show dates: February 1, 2013 – March 16, 2013
Artist’s reception: Thursday, February 7th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Toomey Tourell is pleased to announce a one-person exhibition of mixed media paintings, entitled “Enfolding”, by the artist Stephanie Weber.
Though essentially abstract, the paintings of Stephanie Weber provide reference points to all manner of natural phenomena. The quietly reflective surfaces of the honeycomb aluminum panels that the artist utilizes add luster to the layers of paint, creating a quiet dynamism that has become her trademark. This new body of work is largely composed of vertical and horizontal stripes and segments interplayed with broader areas of color that are richly hued and textured. Fields of line and color bounce off of one another, causing tension and contrast that suggest a kind of sensuous minimalism. However, these paintings suggest a new exuberance of line in Weber’s oeuvre – spontaneous, lyrical marks seem to explode from the surface, while rendered textures suggest coherent, recognizable form. These emotionally expressive yet meditative works balance translucent bands with varying layers of textured planes of opaque color. Structure and intellect pair with exuberant color to create work both emotional and contemplative.
In the artist words, “ My paintings are an exploration. I am drawn to the tensions inherent in the interplay between formal structure and the richness of expression possible with paint. I move from dimensional and curving forms to simple planes that move forward and backward in space. These are patterns within and without our bodies, our universe, our beyond. It is a recognition of our fundamental embeddedness in, and dependence on all processes of nature. It is the basic tension between the parts and the whole. I am looking for an image – language of order and chaos – organic forms and geometric structures that are woven together in strict compositions and complex surface entanglements. In these paintings I try to encompass disparate elements—the hard high tech quality of the aluminum and the painterly richness – the reductive and the expressive – what you can imagine and what you can touch.”
Stephanie Weber is represented by a variety of galleries throughout the United States. Her work is in many important private and public collections, including the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, the Oakland Museum, the Crocker Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.