Gesture

JBP.1.9.5500H, 60 x 84 inches, Layers of Oil Paint, Mediums on Wood Panel

The first line of my artist statement states: My art begins with a mark or line inspired by patterns found in natural or manmade environments. Upon further investigation, movement drives the first mark while gesture defines it.

Gesture can refer to a body movement that expresses thought or emphasizes speech. It can be an extension of an arm, a wave of a hand or a pointing of a finger. The movement can be slow and deliberate or fast and elegant. My right hand makes obsessive marks while my left hand moves lyrically. These dichotomies become the foundation that unifies my art.

Gesture can also be an action communicating a message by a sign, intention or attitude. My art is made up of layers of these gestures that mark history and time. For example, the drying of the painting’s multiple layers permanently records this process. As a result, my art is a cyclical journey and exploration of gesture from start to finish.

Gesture is a solo exhibition at Hang Art gallery featuring multi-layered oil paintings that take 2-3 years to cure.  Inspired by patterns found in natural or manmade environments, Gesture focuses on the specific relationships between marks, lines, and textures.  As a result, I manipulate the oil paint by pooling, wrinkling, scraping, and creating chemical reactions.

An artist reception will be on March 3, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hang Art gallery in San Francisco.  The inspiration, concept, and art process will be discussed at an artist talk on March 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm.  Gesture is on view at through March 1- 15th, 2011.  

HANG ART is located at 567 Sutter Street in San Francisco and open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm.  Please contact the gallery at (415) 434-4264.

Hope to see you there!

The links:

www.jennyebalisle.com

http://www.hangart.com/art/artist_directory/artist.cfm?ArtistId=206&st=1

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