"I Always Return to Hue"

Newbury Street view of my solo show st Arden Gallery, Boston

So my big plans for a summer of reporting from Massachusetts were cut short when I launched into overdrive to complete work for this solo show. (I did manage two posts, a comprehensive Visit to the Outer Cape and a splendid installation of pattern and light at the Peabody Essex Museum.) Now we're standing on Newbury Street in front of the display window at Arden Gallery, where my solo show, I Always Return to Hue, is up through September 30.

I've been working on the Silk Road series for over a decade. There are other series and projects, of course, but I continue to go back to these small color fields, hence the exhibition's title. The series, which I began in 2005, was inspired by the shimmery quality of iridescent silk but quickly evolved into more expansive explorations of hue and surface, translucence and texture. In plying a richness of paint against the austerity of a (very subtle) grid, I set in motion a small-scale dynamic in which more and less jostle for primacy.

In  the window, clockwise from top right: Silk Road 350, 349, 352, 351, all 2016, encaustic on panel, 18 x 18 inches
The bisected field is new

Panorama from the entrance
A few individual works below:

Silk Road 312, 2015

Silk Road 347, 2016

Silk Road 331, 2016

Silk Road 332, 2016
All encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches


Nancy Natale said...

Such a treat for the eyes and the mind. They are exhilarating, refreshing, and seductive. I'm so looking forward to seeing this show in person on Sunday. Congratulations, Joanne, on yet another beautiful group of paintings.

Karen Hubacher said...

Simply exquisite, Joanne. I am continually in awe of your mastery of chromatic subtlties. Love the new bisected pieces! Congratulations!