GRACE GRAUPE PILLARD
Oil on canvas, 62 x 90 inches, 2013
February 20 – April 03, 2015
Friday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Carl Hammer Gallery welcomes back Grace
Graupe Pillard for her second one person showing here.
In Blast Wave, the
artist skillfully combines elements of both beauty and horror into
her paintings. Images
that have been scavenged out of newsprint photos are transformed
into large scale, frighteningly powerful, minimally recognizable
abstractions of forces both terrible and glorious in their
beholding. When closely
approaching the work, Graupe Pillard’s paintings seductively combine
color, shapes and forms, bringing all elements together as a
camouflage or a jigsaw puzzle abstraction. Yet, stepping away, with
all the pixels falling into place, we focus, instead, on a tragic
and terrible scene of power out of control, destructively
threatening, yet so beautiful.
There is a perception of evil here, a personification
combined with the artist’s painterly adroitness, equating to one’s
encounter of a raging fire devouring a building or an immense stand
of trees. At the same
time while recognizing its devastation, one cannot avoid admitting
to its beauty.
from the Exhibition:
Visit us at
March 5 – 8, 2015
Pier 92, Booth # 432
New York, NY
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