Month: April 2014

In the Mood of Matisse – Afterglow

 

In The Mood of Matisse 04/04/2014

In The Mood of Matisse 04/04/2014

Matisse would have been proud of his namesake event that took place at the gallery on the 4th of April 2014. Bill Lowe Gallery hosted an exhilarating evening reception that showcased the work of Parisian painter Pierre-Marie Brisson in his southern debut.  The whimsically named event, “In the Mood of Matisse,” was a kinetic interaction of the multi-faceted crowd punctuated by colorful conversations that seemed to reflect the jubilation of Brisson’s vibrant figurative and organic patterns.  The diverse crowd savored exceptional food and wine as they were enchanted by the artist’s explanation of his work and his world, which centers in the South of France.

In the words of Goethe, “Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” Gallery patrons inspected the meticulously crafted archaeology of Brisson’s work, only to stand in awe moments later once they comprehended the history that informed his work.  It was at this point that Brisson would connect with them and explain his inspiration behind the work.  He took great joy in learning from his admirers what they thought of the paintings, and what it meant to them.

World renowned art critic, Donald Kuspit, commetnts that “Brisson’s works have a certain classical calm and completeness even as they are informed by a modernist aesthetic. Brisson has roots in both the French decorative tradition, with what might be called its grand sensuous manner, and in modernist Primitivism, with its aggressive emotionality and forthright expressiveness.”  He goes on to say, “Brisson’s dancers are not Degas’ “little rats” nor Matisse’s naked “rustics,” not vulgar urban dancers struggling to be theatrically suave, nor percussive and perverse Stravinsky-like orgiasts; but rather figures who are not entirely at home in their white dresses – suggesting their purity and innocence – nor in their naked flesh, for they have been “corrupted,” as it were by Western ideal of dance art.”

Brisson combines various elements of life, which we have all observed in different moments. Yet, except through his art, never before have they been experienced at a single instant and place. His motifs imbue the awesomeness of the natural world and the unfinished continuum of human history, continuing to unfold.  With their well-aged patina and Mediterranean glow, Brisson’s works are reminiscent of the fresh, early frescos from Pompeii and offer viewers a site of visual pleasure, existing across time.  The harmony and vision of Brisson’s work continues to transcend modes of contemporary culture while carrying the air of  an old world aesthetic.  A master of unearthing the primordial instincts of freedom and expression, Brisson’s work will continue to fascinate and delight the fancy in all of us and grant reverence to the human spirit.  Atlanta’s euphoric embrace of Brisson’s “In the Mood of Matisse” underscored the Southern sensibility of his work as it forged a unique bridge between  the classic and the contemporary.

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Kevin Archer’s Enigmatic Undulations of Color

“My paintings invite viewers to imaginatively participate; like looking at the clouds and seeing the head of a lion,” says Kevin Archer of his abstract paintings – better described as freeze frame images of moving paint.

Kevin Archer - Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas 52"x95"

Kevin Archer – Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas 52″x95″

Archer creates his master pieces via the exploration of liquid animation, quintessentially a process of manipulating wet paint into more wet paint. His canvases are a saturation of colors that intertwine with one another rhythmically; the actively flying and floating biomorphic forms are suggestive of human, animal, and microcosmic shapes. They are busy colliding, overlapping, and engaging each other in an imaginary landscape space, frozen in a moment of time.

Perhaps, the biggest draw to Archer’s paintings is the multiple detailed vignettes that come into play when one takes a closer look at each of his creations. Consequently, welcoming the viewer to experience the dynamic aspects of the work – the paintings also encourage engagement, making them an interactive visual coalesce.  Due to the purely abstract nature of his work, the viewer’s experience of the piece is constantly changing; this unique dialogue between the admirer and the canvas can be rightfully termed as ephemeral. The paintings can be experienced as meditations in color, form, and energy, as well as compositional arrangements of suggestive imagery. The imagery in the paintings invites an imaginative participation, a moment in which the viewer is propelled into a cosmic ultra-world of color. In essence Archer’s work serves as an oxymoronic experience – the paintings represent a freeze frame of a moment in time; however the viewer’s experience is anything but static.

Archer has taken time to master his process of creation. According to Bill Lowe, “Archer’s work has a universal appeal; his luxurious application of paint creates enigmatic undulations of color on the canvas and almost always lures the admirer in for a closer look.” Bill Lowe Gallery has proudly showcased his work for more than a year, and we are excited for our patrons to experience his work once more as it will be exhibited alongside Pierre-Marie Brisson’s on the 4th of April 2014.