new work by Steve Hedberg
NOVEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 1, 2015
Since his debut as a professional painter in 1999, Hedberg has moved through a continuum of styles while creating both realistic and abstract works. In Full Circle, he embraces them all. The paintings unveiled in this show present a culmination of the artist's evolving expressions. He delves further into urban themes, which range from familiar Richmond scenes to fictitious cityscapes.
These begin with Hedberg's foundation in realism and then accumulate varied shapes, lines and textures to create the sense of space familiar in his landscape paintings. The circles and geometric shapes that have become common elements in his more recent works link together this series. Here, the artist seeks to push the boundaries of both representation and abstraction and to find balance between both.
Second Exhibit Wall Text: Page Bond Gallery
A Pulsing Heart: PARADISE IS NOW: NEW PAINTINGS BY CHARLOTTE CULOT
NOVEMBER 05, 2015 — DECEMBER 05, 2015
Culot’s most recent collages are arrangements of torn Kraft paper layered with various paints, pigments, and, in some cases, other materials such as wallpaper and sand. Color takes center-stage as both substance and structure in these works. For Culot, it is “the major theme” and preeminent tool for lending her collages a dynamic, “emerging force.” Indeed, an expressive energy reverberates across Culot’s canvases as deep blue and purple shapes pop against yellow and orange, and occasional blocks of magenta, green, or black tenaciously beckon the viewer’s gaze. There is, moreover, a vague sense of spatial depth in these works, but it is implied through subtle tonal variations and overlapping shapes rather than illusionistic perspective.
A week or two ago, our Art 3 class had the opportunity to visit both the Glave Kocen and Page Bond Galleries on Main street during a walking field trip. It was perfect timing, too: both of the November exhibits dealt heavily with color, which is the unit we will be starting on once we finish up the Old Master Projects. I had had the opportunity to see both the exhibits prior to this day along with Evelyn and Grace at First Fridays, but as I saw them again with the class, I got to look them with a new perspective: thinking about them in the context of "color", and getting to hear Coach Hall's commentary.
I particularly liked the work of Steve Hedberg at the Glave Kocen Gallery, which contained a mix of realistic (albeit in some ways intentionally distorted) scenes of Richmond along with more abstracted pieces. When I was looking at his work I thought about the lunchtime lecture by Tommy Van Auken when he talked about the stereotypically painted scenes of Richmond, how they are not interesting, or in his words, "dangerous" enough. I think that Hedberg, with his use of bright colors and his geometric distortions, manage to make paintings of the river, or a well known street, engaging, instead of tired.Overall though I think I liked his more abstracted works best, # 6 (included in the slideshow above) being my absolute favorite.
I admittedly was cynical about the second gallery exhibit when I saw it as First Fridays. Going with the class however, forced me to really take the time to look at it. Coach Hall pointed out little details in the mixed-media works I hadn't really noticed, and took the time to describe the processes by which the artist achieved this details. Though the work was still not my favorite, I really did come to appreciate by the time we left. Even more than the other gallery, it made me think about ways I could experiment with techniques in my own work if I ever experimented with mixed-media.
Overall, I think that seeing these exhibits (twice!) was an awesome opportunity that is getting me thinking more about the work I may do in the future.