The Davison Gallery is open by appointment to the public on Saturdays, and welcomes work by Stephanie McMahon. You can find her artist statement below. The Gallery can accommodate groups smaller than ten, and requires visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Artist Statement - Warm Front (Open Window)
Windows impart a sense of longing and invite contemplation. My paintings nod toward the modernist grid, abstract expressionism and color field painting, while creating a distinct playful sensibility that is calculated yet open to new discoveries.
Open Window is the title of this body of work that explores visual and formal structures through abstract painting. An open window acts as a threshold, creating the potential to move through multiple spaces. In the digital realm, windows are virtual layers where illuminated images can easily be built and deconstructed in transparent, overlapping edits. In painting, the picture plane is yet another element that can be restated or permeated. An open window is an invitation to explore one’s environment and the sensory experiences perceived between two distinct spaces. It takes on new meaning during quarantine as a way to air out the confines of an interior space and a place to gaze and daydream about visiting destinations beyond our own home. These paintings are informed by places visited and the connections between these memories and being present in the act of painting. Warm Front connects the language and sensation of color to a bodily experience of place. Through painting I imagine, invent and explore fluid spaces, suggestive forms, color relationships, and gesture.
Grids, color fields and shapes referencing textiles, frames, and natural forms populate this body of work. Much like a window allows light to pass through, these oil paintings make use of translucent layers of luminous paint. Smooth surfaces allow brushstrokes and color to have a vibrant presence with very little material body. I explore form and color in a physical way, embracing the gestural brushstroke as a reference to the immediacy of the moment and the presence of the body. Directional movement, speed, texture and space are sensually described from the arc of a sweeping brush stroke, a small flick of the wrist in a field of color, or linear elements weaving in and out of one another. Veils of color are dissolved by small gestures, causing layers underneath to push forward. The compression and abbreviation of information create a “cut and paste” sensibility that contrasts this immediacy with measured adjustment. In these paintings, shapes simultaneously move in front of and behind other elements, disrupting space. Organic shapes cluster and drape suggesting associations to both indoor textiles and outdoor plant life. Images appear as if it is still forming or caught between two spaces. The paintings oscillate between a reference and a visual experience.
Using the link below, you can browse images of our most recent show.