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July 24, 2020 - August 23, 2020Free
Four Artists Creating Visual Stories Through Wood
“Ingrained” is an art exhibit of four artists with differing styles and subjects who are united by their use of a common material. The pieces created for this exhibition highlight the wood grain of panels to explore a range of viewpoints and topics. From questioning how humans communicate and connect, to interpreting nature and exploring humanity’s impact on it, these paintings and sculptures may at first appear disconnected.
Visually they also vary: Colorful abstractions, brooding landscapes, hyper-realistic insects, stark geometric paintings and undulating wood sculptures that instantly come alive through an app. But look closer and you’ll find that these artists are bound together by integrating the tree’s lifelines and story with their own.
Alicia Philley is an abstract artist who uses color and shimmering paints to explore the subjective experience of reflective light. Her previous career as a writer and editor informs her creative process. Using photography and notes to document the natural world, Alicia shares the stories of her time hiking local creeks and trails through a self-created language of masking-taped lines. Her work for this show focusses on the ways humans and trees inherently mark the passage of time. Philley earned a BA in communications from SMU, Dallas, and later completed the BFA program in painting with a focus on color theory at Hunter College, NYC. She works out of Third Space Arts studios in Austin and her art has shown in galleries and art centers around Austin, Dallas, New York and New Jersey. Her paintings are part of collections in Texas, California, New York, Ohio, Missouri, Canada, Germany and Spain.
Caroline Walker is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work finds the meeting point between traditional materials and new technology. She received a B.S. in engineering and enjoyed a successful career as an interactive designer and art director in New York. Since 2015, Walker’s focus has been on creating work that reaches the viewer on a visceral level through interactive technology additions to sculptural work, as well as otherworldly paintings. In 2019, her work took 1st place in the three-dimensional category at Georgetown Art Center. In the same year, Walker received a Bronze Award from Bastrop Art in Public Places for one of her augmented reality sculptures. She continues to innovate and push the boundaries of reality and perception. Her work can be found in numerous collections in Texas, New York and India. Originally from the midwest, she currently lives and works in Austin, TX.
Linda Wandt is a representational oil painter based out of Austin, though originally from New York. She obtained a BA in studio art from UT of Austin in 2006 and has been creating and showing her work since. While focusing on quirky symbolic figurative painting in the main, for Ingrained, Linda challenged herself to push her small honeybee paintings into much larger more complex inquiries concerning growth, cycles and decay. Through the symbolism of various pollinators and carnivorous plants, Linda is allowing these stories to educate and play out with the lines of the wood grain connecting the forms and adding to the composition. By taking artistic liberties with the scale of both critters and plants, these narratives and connections can be explored in a dreamy, mysterious manner while showcasing the incredible evolution of these forms.
Thomas Cook uses his work to shed an ethereal light on how human expansion changes the natural landscape. The near monochromatic scenes of urban landscapes, with streetlights, cell phone towers and construction, sit absent their creators. “By not just exposing—but highlighting with stain—the grain of the wood panels I’m working on, the literal growth rings of trees is present behind my paintings, contrasting the unheeded growth of urbanization.” What will happen to our trees and nature as we continue to expand the human footprint, he asks. Thomas, a Baltimore native, studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and moved to Austin in 2015. His painting practice envelopes both studio work and plein air, constantly being informed by his surroundings.