Some images of the exhibit at Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Besides my paintings the show features work by Munson Hunt, Cov Jordan and Patrick Mehaffy.  The show will be up through August 4, so please stop by to see it.

 

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Gebert Contemporary is showing five of my latest paintings in a four-person show entitled Regarding Nature.   Covington Jordan, Munson Hunt and Patrick Mahaffy are the other featured artists.   I just stopped by the gallery to see the show and it’s gorgeous! with many resonances between the works.  If you are a Santa Fe peep, please do come by for a look.

The opening reception will be on Friday evening, July 6th from 5: to 7:00, and the address for Gebert Contemporary is 558 Canyon Road.  gebertcontemporary.com  I hope to see you there!

 

 

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Winter Garden, watercolor on layered synthetic paper (Yupo), 41 x 55″

I have no end product in mind when I begin a painting.  First I pin up one or two painted sheets of transparent color and notice how they look together.  Then I continue to add or subtract sheets, shift placements, notice rhythms, and search for a certain feeling of flow and harmony across the composition.  I’m exploring the pictorial space, rather than aiming at a pre-determined or pre-visulaized outcome.  This process allows spontaneity and accident to occur at any and all stages of art-making.

People have asked if I listen to music while I’m working.  No, I don’t, because in a sense I’m listening to the painting and it sort of talks to me; “I’m too heavy on the right,” “Try some yellow,” or “Make me wider.”  Listening to music is reserved for when the composition is set and I’m sewing the Yupo sheets onto a mat board, a rather brainless activity.

A consistent series of paintings results from methods and principles that remain the same; it’s a pathway.  Sometimes it is a one-color path.  Attention to intuition and impulse guides me.  Right now I’m on a slow journey through a rosy-colored garden.  This garden opened its gate to me when I began to consciously heal some physical health issues in 2017.  Within it, joy, warmth, growth and change are nurtured and supported.  It’s a refuge from the chaos of politics, toxic relationships and any kind of worry – a place to just quietly be.  My hope is that you, the viewer, will also find solace and renewal in these spaces.

 

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EnterAunt Bessie’s Garden #2  41 x 51″  watercolor on Yupo

As you can see, I’m continuing to work with the warm end of the color spectrum.  What a joyful experience!  While playing with this particular color combination, magenta haloed by yellow, old memories of my great-aunt Bessie keep coming to mind.  Bessie and her sister Clara lived in a third floor tenement apartment.   Perhaps these colors reminded  me of wallpaper there, or perhaps something else that time has erased from my conscious mind.  Certainly, these old aunts had no garden, so I have painted one for them.

Looking at my own work, I see gentleness, modesty, serenity and balance, my values made into paintings.   Sometimes I think of myself as a reincarnated Chinese gentleman-scholar, brush-painting landscapes.  Imagine an old Chinese painter who has seen the work of Morris Louis, Agnes Martin and Pat Steir, and this scholar in her flowing robes is a woman.

 

 

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Rose/Heart/Flame, from a series of small paintings completed last spring, is now on view at Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Road.  The more I think about this work, the less I want to define it for you, the viewer.  Let the shapes be anything, from fire to rose petals, and let them speak directly to your heart.

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Caritas/Peony is the first of my new series of paintings in warm hues of red, peach and yellow.  Exploring this end of the color spectrum feels fresh and inviting, like entering a secret garden that has been growing behind a wall all along.  So many flowers blossom there: lilies and roses and peonies and lilacs and maybe some intensely magenta cholla cactus like the ones that grow in my yard and bloom in the heat of summer.

Caritas /Peony measures 41 x 61″ in its white frame.  It’s part of my current show at SMINK Art and Design in Dallas, where I’ve been exhibiting since 2009.  The show should be up through June, so if you are in Dallas, please go see.

While I was in town for the reception I fed my soul with visits to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crowe Collection of Asian Art, and the Nasher sculpture garden.  I saw wonderful things, including the large The Two Friedas, Kahlo’s double portrait. A deep blue column by Ann Truitt, an intriguing Martin Puryear sculpture and an elegant small vertical painting by Jackson Pollack all caught my attention at the DMA.  Best of all was wandering the Nasher garden in the cool of morning.  The design of the garden allows the sculpture  to breathe freely in natural surroundings, and the trees seem to be responding to the art.

Then, on to Fort Worth to see my two paintings hanging in the new Neiman Marcus store there.  I blogged about this sale a few months ago.  Thanis #16 has been hung on the far wall of a short corridor.  It looks wonderful on textured gray wallpaper.  Chi Gong #14 is placed in the hustle and glitter of the first floor showroom, along with work by Frank Stella, a couple of Matisse serigraphs, and works by Texas artists.  So gratifying to see my paintings honored in this way.

 

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Opening in October, the New Mexico Museum of Art included some of my work in the Alcoves 16/17 #5 Exhibit.  The Alcoves exhibitions focus on current work by contemporary NM artists and change every 7 weeks.  It is truly amazing how many accomplished, exciting artists are working here.  16/17 #5 happened to include two of my cohorts in the Lady Minimalists Tea Society, Shaun Gilmore and Signe Stuart, along with Kelly Eckel and Mira Burack.  Curator Kate Ware did an outstanding job of selecting artists whose work is strongly related and set up a 5-part dialogue among our individual spaces in the large hall of the museum.

Kate chose 5 paintings from the Elegy series that I made after my husband, Wayne, passed away.  As always, the work is watercolor on translucent Yupo paper (a synthetic paper).  Elegy #19, above, epitomizes my intuitive, receptive painting process and conveys the mixed emotions of grief, calm, and wonder I was feeling at the time (2014).

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Here I am speaking to a crowd at the Museum about my work.

The show is down now, but was chosen as one of the 10 best art events of 2016 by the New Mexico critic for art ltd. magazine.  Thanks, Jon Carver!  We also got positive reviews in the Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo magazine, THE Magazine, and Visual Art Source, an on-line publication.

 

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Here’s some good news from the studio; Neiman Marcus has bought two of my large paintings for their new Fort Worth store.  I’m honored and thrilled.  This image is  of Thanis #16, 41 x 55.”  As with all my work, Thanis is a watercolor painting on synthetic translucent paper (Yupo).  You can see the areas where sheets of Yupo that I have painted with circles are layered over or under sheets painted with vertical stripes.

The new Ft. Worth store is scheduled to open in February  of 2017.  I can’t wait to see my work hanging there!  And I’m curious, because I know that Neiman’s will have other wonderful artworks from their collection on display.

Some more news; I now have a beautiful web site designed by braveARTconsulting.  The site has taken over my daramark.com address, while this blog can be accessed now at daramark.wordpress.com, or you can simply google “dara mark blog.”

 

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River/Flow/Chart #7

I’m pleased to announce that Gebert Contemporary will be exhibiting three of my River/Flow/Charts in a group show that opens Friday, July 15.  The other featured artists are Udo Noger, John Nelson and Keiko Sadakane.  Please join me at the opening reception from 5 to 7:00 or come by the gallery this summer.  Gebert is on Canyon Road (behind Chiarosuro) and there is parking – though don’t count on it for the reception.

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In just a week I’ll be at the reception for my show at SMINK in Dallas.  Jennifer Smink asked me to make something really big for the exhibition, and here it is – Water Chart – about 53 x 64.”  It was a great challenge to work on this scale, especially because the supports (foam core and mat boards) had to be specially ordered and everything took longer than I expected.  Getting the whole composition to flow and connect and to balance depth with expanse presented new problem at this size.    There are multiple dimensions to perceive here, not just height and width but layered depth, as some squares are three layers deep – hard to convey, really, in a photograph.

The reception will be next Saturday evening at SMINK, 1019 Dragon Street, Dallas.  Please come by if you are in the area.  sminkinc.com

 

 

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