Our Spring Show WELLSPRING features new abstract paintings by three Georgia artists - Katherine Sandoz, Susan Hable and Evan Blackwell-Helgeson. Each drawing from a different wellspring; these artists create dynamic abstract works layered in both color and meaning.
There will be a two day socially distanced opening reception! Masks are required.
Friday, March 19, from 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, from 12 - 4 p.m.
Based in Savannah, Georgia, Katherine Sandoz is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates richly woven abstract landscapes inspired by landforms and native flora. Utilizing passages of transparent and opaque, warm and cool, textured and smooth layers of water-based media, Sandoz’s compositions allow the viewer to experience the subject matter from multiple vantage points at once. WELLSPRING presents a selection of Sandoz’s latest body of work (sequoia), examining the idea of locus amoenus, a literary tool which describes an idealized, safe place, a place containing trees, grass and water. The 28 paintings whose title, (sequoia), is taken from the giant trees of northern California, all have a connecting underlying structure of a single painting of a large stand of trees. The locations of each of the paintings have evolved to be specific and unique, yet the architecture of the works also allows the viewer the possibility of “any place” being presented. Sand dunes become mountain cliffs, grasses become clouds, a painting can be hung north south or south north. Read more about (sequoia) in our Artsy Viewing Room.
Born in Texas and based in Athens, Georgia, Susan Hable is an artist and designer working in painting, collage and sculpture. The bold colors and organic forms in Hable’s work find their roots in her garden. Surrounded by the soil she’s worked and plants she’s cultivated is a great source of inspiration, “but it’s more than that,” says Hable, “being of the Earth, being immersed in the seasonality of a place, is never lost on me.” She transforms these botanical elements into artistic narratives using paint, cut paper and clay. “These narratives are a personal language that is unique to my handwork. Shape and form prevail cultivating a sense of wellbeing and happiness. That is what each and every piece brings to me!”
Evan Blackwell-Helgeson is an Atlanta based artist who works in painting, drawing, installation and ceramics. Her abstract works delve into the memory and archives of abstraction that span beyond the works of the white male artists of the middle 20th century who became well-known for “discovering” and making popular this genre of artmaking. She looks to the vast array of textiles from African nations such as Kuba cloth from the Congo, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Incan quipu forms of storytelling, aboriginal paintings from Australia and the quilters of Gee’s Bend. These works are often referred to as “artifacts” rather than “art,” and whose creators' names are lost and not sought out. She has found that contrary to most art history texts, historically, abstraction has been the work of women and of non-white communities across the globe. Abstraction is timeless, globalized, formal and functional - a way of communicating as well as interpreting the world around us. Her works seek to elevate, celebrate and pay homage to these women, Black and Brown artists and communities by being true to her own intuitive forms of mark making and abstraction.
Within WELLSPRING, we find a dedication to materials, process and personal forms of presentation. Nature and the history and uses of materials make impressions on us daily, seasonally, perennially and inform the multi-faceted works of Sandoz, Hable and Blackwell-Helgelson with equal persistence. The viewer is invited to investigate and to absorb each artist’s wellspring of offerings; Sandoz’s exploration of locus amoenus, Hable’s joyful nods to nature, Blackwell-Helgelson’s celebration of Black and Brown abstract artists throughout time.