Meditating in Disarray

It rained so terribly hard on Saturday, and during my weekend gallery rounds I wanted to see something that I could quietly meditate on so to ease my inner emotional turmoil.  Then, to find these Kate Shepherd pieces was a real treat for me.  On the shiny and enameled surfaces of these wood panel paintings instead of her usual clean and evenly spaced, faintly drawn outlines that suggest perfectly symmetrical geometries, this time the shapes all seemed to be collapsing in disarray and even bending at times.  For those who are familiar with Shepherd's work, she has been known to work on relatively vibrant primary color surfaces.  Here to see the paintings in more toned down and muted palettes give them a more meditative quality than her earlier works. 

What I like about this piece is that instead of an overall composition that usually permeates the whole surface, the faint lines and shapes look to be just floating around.  The airiness quality combined with the pale lavender surface reminds me of the feeling of a cool Spring breeze when I stand under a pale pink umbrella of a cherry blossom tree.  Ok, maybe the color isn't quite so pink but rather cooler in tone, but it did give me that reminiscing feeling while looking at it.

Here I also felt quite fascinated by these wire pieces.  They are made with coat hanger wires, who would have thought such pretty things could be made with such plain-looking wire hangers.  For a moment, I felt a little bad for throwing out all the hangers that I had collected from my local cleaner.  Well, back on to talking about why I find them so fascinating is that when these pieces are hung from the ceilings against the white walls and they almost look like line drawings onto the walls.  Then, as you step a little to the side, each of the little drawings change shapes as the visual perspective is shifted.  

Here is a view when looking at all the different wire pieces as they are aligned, in this view the gesture of a meticulous line drawing becomes more emphasized.  Using the gallery window and its interiors the wire pieces turn into a drawing looking similar to her panel pieces but the drawing actually occupies the physical space and becomes an all-around visual experience.  If you wish to see these works, please go to Galerie Lelong by April 30. 


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