Rose:Heart:Flame #3 - 300dpi

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.”

 

River:Flow:Chart #7

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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My work will be in an exciting show in the Palm Springs, CA, area over the next couple of months.  Artist friend Joe Novak has curated an exhibit of his favorites from the 20th century and beyond.  Well-known names include Odilon Redon, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Bell and James Turrell.  There will be works by several New Mexico modernists like Agnes Pelton, Emil Bistram, Bea Mandelman, Louis Ribak and Lawrence Calgano.  Also included are Santa Fe-based artists  Larry Fodor, Gregory Frank Harris, and August Muth and others from California and elsewhere.  Great company to be in!

You probably can’t read the quote above, but Joe writes: “Art is …a living and breathing force that lives within us, a force that has captivated artists and for which we have a passion that in a sense has conquered us.”  I agree.

If you are in Southern California in April or May, I invite you to visit Rebecca Fine Art Gallery.

 

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River/Flow Chart #1

Turquoise, teal, aqua, robin’s egg, cyan, spruce – this range of cool blue-greens has been obsessing me for the last few months.  Perhaps it’s a reaction to the chaos on the front page news, and certainly reflects my inner need for balance and harmony.  If color alone can heal, these hues are healing me.

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Untitled 2015/23

Untitled 2015/23 measures 40 x 41.”  At the the abstract level, it juxtaposes and combines two disparate presentations of the same flow pattern, circles (bubbles) and “puddles.”  It’s intriguing to me that the similarities in the twin flow patterns – larger underlying shapes – is not immediately apparent, but the harmony between them is sensed.

Here are some associations from Wikipedia for blue-greens:

refreshing, feminine, calming, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, spiritual grounding, love, patience, intuition.

Release #2

Release #2/Wayne

I have been thinking of the pleasures of tradition as I’ve been listening to new music at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this summer.  Yesterday, in particular, during a concert of works by young composers-in-residence, the new sounds elicited from classically trained musicians on their conventional instruments had my ears perking up.  The music sounded both old and fresh, familiar and newly introduced.  This dichotomy engages one’s deep memories while surprising us into paying complete attention.   Nothing, not rhythm, tonality, harmony or melody can be taken for granted, and yet the format (in this case) was the string quartet, as well-established as can be.

Something similar operates in my paintings, with their traditional framed formats.   The watercolor medium still employs gum arabic from acacia trees and many of the pigments have been used for centuries, altho some are now synthetic.  On the other hand, the translucent synthetic paper I use (Yupo) has only been available since the end of the last century, so the ability to layer transparencies is new, and Yupo’s non-absorbent surface causes the paint to behave in unprecedented ways.   Abstraction itself now has a grand tradition of over a hundred years but offers plenty of unexplored territory.

Release #2/Wayne is another in the series of elegies for my husband.  There’s something about the color and softness, the upright format and upward-rising visual flow that feels to me like an abstract portrait of him.

Elegy #18  watercolor on layered translucent Yupo paper 40 x 41

Elegy #18
watercolor on layered translucent Yupo paper
40 x 41″

I’ve added a new page to this site, a “gallery”showing a selection of paintings from this past year.  Altogether, there are over 30 Elegies and Releases.  Not only was it important to honor Wayne’s memory in this way, these were also the only paintings I could have made while grieving.  The series has taken me into some new territory of emotional expression.  Without any deliberation on my part, they reflect the range of my feelings and provide images of spiritual movement and change.  As you will see if you click on the “Elegy” page button (above) I have also in some cases dropped the repetitive elements that have been mainstays for several years.

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