For Immediate Release
April 10, 2004
Gallery AA/B - Art
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Gallery AA/B Announces Exhibition - Recent Paintings by Beverly Rippel and Chris Mesarch
Beverly Rippel states she is "a painter whose work is influenced by the visual world and all that resonates beneath its surface. The conception of a work happens when (she is) physically stopped by a vision that fascinates her, … allowing these real images to be transposed, recast, or incrementally metamorphosed toward abstraction, … to evoke an interpretive response from a viewer's memory". While looking at American painters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine and Jasper Johns, Rippel has been intrigued by their frenetic and sensual application of materials. Recently she has been incorporating the ancient art of encaustic painting into her work and appreciates "how this method of fusing beeswax and pigment allows fleeting thoughts and impulses to be captured between layers of wax". In these layered, scraped and incised paintings, monochrome and black and white are as prevalent as vibrant color, yet all seem connected in their tactile impasto, or waxy application of paint. The Artist's methods work to deconstruct and decontextualize known images, much like her contemporary influences. Her extensive knowledge and experience in the visual as well as performing arts and anthropology, inform her paintings with an accomplished yet refreshing maturity, not often seen.
Ms. Rippel's work has been exhibited in over 70 juried shows throughout the US. She has received awards from Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Cora Rosevear, Curator from The Museum of Modern Art, NY, and Susan Cross from the Guggenheim Museum, NY. In 1998 she was honored with a solo show of recent work at The Fuller Museum of Art. She won Best of Show in The Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show juried by Malcolm Rogers, Director of The MFA, Boston. Her work is held in private and corporate collections nationally, with works in series held in the permanent collections of both Nokia Corporation and The Federal Reserve Bank, Boston.
Chris Mesarch remarks that her hope is to lead "the viewer on a journey into the shadow and fold of memory… mapping what is there." She considers creating a painting to be the journey and the finished piece is the keepsake of that experience. Her paintings on canvas and paper utilize line and curving flows of rich color within the structure of vertical panels, to release the infinite possibilities of light and shadow. Similar to the paintings of Matisse, Elsworth Kelly and her mentor, Robert P. Moore Jr., Mesarch's paintings embody a sense of geometrical security as highly resolved work while still containing a satisfying organic flow. She is inspired by memories of her childhood, such as a patterned scarf worn by her mother. Other ideas are drawn from everyday objects, for example, several paintings in this exhibition are inspired by the fragments of a broken vase.
Mesarch's work has been exhibited in more than thirty five exhibitions during the last 25 years in New England, New York, the Midwest and Japan. She has been awarded several prestigious awards and commissions from noted organizations including Sasaki International, Dansk , and the Cambridge and Somerville Arts Councils. Her work is held in the permanent collections of many distinguished private and corporate collections including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Meditech Corporation, Fidelity Investments and Fleet Bank, among others.Recent Paintings by Beverly Rippel and Chris Mesarch will be on view May 6 - June 26 with an Opening Reception May 15th, 4-7 p.m. The Gallery is located at 535 Albany Street, Suite 3B, Boston. We are open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information please call Gallery AA/B at (617) 574- 0022 or visit www.artadvisoryboston.com.
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