Incarnations, mixed media aintings
March 20 - May 2, 2021
Incarnations, a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Caroline Burton. This is Burton’s first show in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center. Originally scheduled for March of 2020, the exhibition was postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The exhibition will now be on view from March 20 - May 2, 2021. A reception for the artist will be determined by Covid guidelines at that time.
Incarnations is a series of process-intensive mixed media paintings that present themselves simultaneously as prints, paintings and objects. Patterns and richly developed surface design beckon to us through their handmade qualities making reference to traditional crafts and textile arts. Burton takes large pieces of un-stretched canvas and working on the floor proceeds to print and paint, working and reworking the surface. Many of her compositions are reassembled by cutting apart and hand-stitching back together. Burton explains that, going in, there is no preconceived vision of the final painting and meaning emerges over time. The finished paintings remain un-stretched and hang loosely on the wall projecting a sculptural modality. Burton’s exclusive use of a monochromatic palette (various shades of warm and cool grays that
push towards black) reveals multiple layers of paint that pull the viewer into deep and mysterious spaces that nonetheless retain their tactile qualities and material essence.
Never far from view in all of her paintings is the presence of a grid, either subtle or overt, which acts as the foundation of her compositions, providing formal parameters for self expression, experimentation and accidents. A kind of exquisite tension is at work
between the formal and the expressive. Burton speaks of her family heritage and background as being a strong influence on her artistic practice. Opposing qualities from her engineer/professor father who lived by the rule, and her creative, feminist mother, who challenged the status quo, contribute to her interest in balancing the
formal minimalistic elements with the uninhibited expressive qualities of her work. The convergence of these two opposing forces informs what she does and leads to work that is both highly structured and emotionally evocative.
March 20 - May 2, 2021
PAINTINGS, a solo exhibition of oil paintings
on canvas by Eric Erickson. This is Erickson’s second solo exhibition in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center. Originally scheduled for March of 2020, the exhibition was postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The exhibition will now be on view from March 20 - May 2, 2021. A reception for the artist will be determined by Covid 19 guidelines at that time.
PAINTINGS is a collection of works that depict uncertain terrain where spatial relationships are constantly shifting and objects are in a state of suspended animation. Pedestrian in nature and presented as diagrams, these fragmented objects, with identities diminished through abrupt truncation, inhabit a world where nothing is required to make sense. These seemingly simple forms come and go, entering right, exiting top, or breathing through the surface barely perceptible, like ghosts, embedded in multiple layers of scumbled paint that leave visible traces of what lies beneath — an assertive use of pentimento. Exactly what are these objects intended for and what is their relationship to one another? Pipes, faucets, bricks, wooden planks, 3-dimensional geometric forms and sections of wooden footboards can all be part of something useful and practical in our
daily lives, when actually connected to something, but in Erickson’s hands they float in a kind of limbo. Humor and pathos operating side by side. Time stands still for the faucet, and function is never a consideration.
Erickson was inspired a few years ago by a set of instructions he was following for assembling a piece of equipment. The instructions were sorely lacking in clarity, and visuals did not match up
to written instructions. Why not, he thought, create a world of diagrams free from the obligation of utilitarian function. Just let them be. Subsequently, diagrams have preoccupied him for nearly 10 years, along with brick walls and bedsteads. But the mysterious diagrammatic elements and domestic subjects are only part of the story. The surfaces of Erickson’s paintings reflect his singular approach and devotion to a process of painting that extends out over time, in many cases over the span of a year or more for a single work. Scraping, layering, modifying the composition; Erickson engages in a full bore, deep interaction with the painting until he finally makes peace with it, finds stasis…no instructions needed. This method of working over time creates a bond between him and his work and inevitably reveals an ironic emotional connection to the mundane objects he has chosen as his subjects. Rather than subjugate them, Erickson elevates them as part of the process of following the painting, listening to the painting and arriving at something whole.