“Standard Deviation”- Optically Charged Abstraction by Ben Grant: April 20 – June 2, 2012


Ben Grant will be presenting his optically charged abstract works at River Edge Gallery in Mequon starting April 20. The exhibition, entitled Standard Deviation, is a collection of recent medium and large scale Flashe on canvas paintings.  Join the opening reception for this show Friday April 20th 5-8 PM to meet Ben and have the first opportunity to experience his paintings.

“In my most recent body of work I have taken a process-based means of production as a conceptual starting point for the creation of my paintings.  Through the use of a variety of photographic, cultural and art historical references, I have attempted to marry images with divergent origins, but often thematically similar subject matter, by outputting them in a range of different painting techniques.  As I process these images, they lose much of their original visual identity and are translated into a mark making system that, while functioning on a largely formal level, retains an echo of its image origin.  The slight hint of recognition that comes with what might otherwise appear to be an element of abstraction is a tool that I use to make my paintings straddle the line between representation and abstraction.  By giving the viewer great latitude in their associational and interpretational reactions, I hope to nudge them rather than force them into a relationship with each work.”- Ben Grant


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“Chromascapes” – Abstract Landscapes by Beki Borman – Feb 17-March 29

The works in Chromascapes take a contemporary approach to the traditional landscape portrait, with influences from impressionism and modernism. Borman uses a putty knife solely, thus exaggerating simple shapes and color relationships.

“ I consider there to be two subjects in my work, landscape and color” she explains. “I have strived to balance between representation and abstraction in my works.” Her influences include Vincent Van Gogh and Barnett Newman.

A native Milwaukeean, Borman earned her BFA in painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2004. Since then she has exhibited locally and nationally.  Please join Beki in the Gallery February 17th from 5-8 PM for the opening reception!

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Dave Watkins: LINE and FORM – Dec 2nd-Feb 4th

We are pleased to welcome Milwaukee native Dave Watkins to River Edge Gallery for an exhibition of colorful abstractions stimulated by the city he grew up in and lives in today. Dave uses lines to put energy into his colorful abstract paintings, complimenting the forms which stimulate your imagination.

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