Feb 13 - Mar 22
Reception: Saturday, February 25, 6-7:15pm
In February and March, as we wait impatiently for the coming of spring, Crossings features the work of Ken Herren and Bob Payton, two Twin Cities artists whose work brings color to the fore.
Herren works in acrylics to create multi-layered, abstract paintings which inspire contemplation. On looking at his canvases one is first struck by the dominant color, then one notices that this color is not a uniform surface but rather is applied in varying thicknesses over the canvas.This texture is further enhanced by the graininess of the paint surface, which Herren achieves by incorporating pumice in the acrylic. The texture of the surface creates a modulation of the predominant color which leads one’s eye further into the work, and one begins to notice additional colors and forms that emerge from beneath. This emergence creates in the viewer’s mind a desire to try to imagine what the total canvas looked like before the textured, disguising top layer was added. As a result, Herren’s work engages both the eye and the mind, which return over and over again to the canvas, each time noticing something new.
While Herren’s work has an energy that is created by the ebb and flow of texture and color, Payton’s work has a more dynamic, energetic quality which evokes the liveliness of music. This is no surprise, as Payton is a musician as well as a visual artist. His visual medium is art quilts, in which he combines highly patterned fabrics, cut into random shapes that seem barely contained by the fabric border. One would not be at all surprised if the pieces of fabric broke through the frame and began dancing down the wall. Payton says this of his work "Lightweight and easy to hang, the quilts add color and pizzazz to office cubicles and living spaces."
The exhibit and reception are free, and people may view the exhibit during regular hours: MTWF 10-5, Thurs. 10-8 and Sat. 10-4. Crossings is located at 320 East Ave. in Zumbrota. More at www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.