In this exhibition gallery artists emphasize ornamental elements by using complex compositions and formal flare to produce decorative paintings and photographs.
Dana Hooper includes mixes of reds, yellows, and blues in buttery brushstrokes to create portraits of quirky chickens. The images are as much about thick colorful paint as they are about the birds — paint so thick the paintings grow beyond two dimensions. Torn photographs form a spectrum of clouds and light: Bill Dewey condenses vast space and time into one photo. Petals and leaves drop from arabesques formed by tree limbs. River water reflects trees that together consume the canvas. Decorative elements seen up close compress the foregrounds of these paintings. Randall David Tipton, Erling Sjovold, and Marcia Burtt create tightly cropped compositions whose context is utterly removed. Anne Ward, Meg Torbert, and Susan Petty divide the canvas in their still life paintings. They juxtapose organic forms with flat interstices and patterned tablecloths. By centering decorative elements in realist landscapes and still life pieces, our artists elevate ornamentation.