Tour to Terrain • Episode 3

In this third installment of Elisa Gomez’s “Tour to Terrain,” Elisa makes her way through Wyoming where the expansive wilderness introduces a distinctly new palette in the creation of her second painting. The artist discusses the process of making her newest large-scale piece, and her life on the road–now nearly 2 months a nomad.

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Featured Artist: Tracey Kessler

Mixed-media painter, Tracey Kessler, creates huge compositions inspired by the daily occurrences in her life and the environment around her. Using a diverse collection of materials to explore texture and color, the layers of Tracey’s paintings can include anything from acrylic, spray paint, sumi ink, varnish, to coffee stains, eggshells, and hooks. These paintings are then intentionally exposed to the elements, as Tracey works the natural weathering into her pieces.

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Featured Artist: Karina Bania

Terrain artist, Karina Bania’s serene, reduced-form landscapes depict the tangible world around us, as well as the invisible, yet perceptible geography of everyday moments. These “inner landscapes,” as the artist calls them, give color and form to the emotive territory we venture through. 

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Tour to Terrain • Episode 2

Part 2 of Elisa Gomez’s “Tour To Terrain

Elisa makes her way to Telluride, CO where she begins painting on mountainsides. With the pressures of conventional life now removed from her daily existence she feels her work evolving:

“I am seeing the movement and gestures in my work become more free and aggressive looking (not aggressive angry but aggressive in the speed and application). I am arriving at moments of depth in a more naturally progressive way.”

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Featured Artist: Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez is a multimedia artist who creates lyrical compositions exploring dramatic lighting and its manipulation of the male form. His compositions, frequently labeled “erotic,” are portrayals of his personal concepts of beauty. 

 

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Things To Come: Elisa Gomez’s Tour to Terrain

This post introduces a special series titled, “Tour to Terrain,” following abstract-expressionist artist, Elisa Gomez, as she makes her way from Texas to California. Elisa will be participating in The Midway Gallery’s fall exhibition, Terrain, a meditation on the outdoors (Sept. 10 – Oct. 22, 2016). She will be creating several pieces inspired by the American west while on her months long road-trip. Elisa’s large-scale paintings will be exhibited in Terrain, alongside items documenting her process. 

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Featured Artist: Greg Ridge

“My approach is not really to be erotic in any way, it’s more about studying the human figure and expressing it. [. . .] I’m looking at the grand age of dramatic, figurative art and I want to explore that in my own in a modern sense.”

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Opening Night: LIVEWIRE & This Swarthy Face

Friday night (July 15) The Midway Gallery hosted an eclectic mix of art lovers present to witness the culmination of two distinctly fantastic shows: LIVEWIRE and This Swarthy Face. Neighbors within the The Midway Complex, the two exhibitions present the hard work of three curators and 12 artists. 

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Featured Artist: Terry Furry

Working out of Studios 11 in Oakland’s Ironworks district, Terry Furry (pronounced like the english word “fury”), creates beautiful, graphic-realism oil paintings featuring faces, body parts, mythological gods, and the occasional random object. 

His figurative paintings are composed of tightly placed sections of saturated pigment deliberately left unblended. By neighboring areas of distinct color Terry’s portraits look like flesh-toned oil spills, or, as he aptly puts it, “topographical.” These puddles of color sensuously map the contours of the human body, emphasizing light and shadow.

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Q & A with LIVEWIRE Artist: Eddie Colla

Eddie Colla’s defiant characters can be found spray-painted along the streets of urban spaces overwhelmed by consumer signage. His art interrupts the redundancy of advertisements by offering viewers a refreshing moment to reflect on the space they inhabit. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

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