The premise of Gallery Sonja Roesch's new exhibition is simple enough: artists who make painterly objects without using any paint. But the results are much more diverse and creative than you could imagine. The six artists in "No Paint" use materials ranging from Plexiglas and steel to lasers and even river sediments.
August Muth brings the lasers in his series of holographic squares. They might remind you of holograms by another light artist -- James Turrell -- and in fact, the New Mexico artist has been making Turrell's holograms since 1994. For his own work, Muth makes visual references to the solar system -- Mars and the sun specifically -- in several small, intimate pieces. They're two brilliant, beautiful subjects that would be difficult to convey in any medium, but come through in his dazzling holograms.
Texas artist Hills Snyder looks to a more basic object for inspiration -- the ladder -- in Ambassador. Despite the subject matter's ordinariness, this is no run-of-the-mill ladder; comprised of a sky-blue, reflective acrylic sheet over birch, it makes for a shiny art object that is comically dysfunctional and out of place, yet pleasing to look at.
The juxtaposition of resin and wood makes for an intriguing combination in German artist Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer's pieces. In a largely monochromatic show, these stand out for their clean lines of color, like a neater Rothko, made by submerging pigment into resin. They're very calculated, intentional works in everything from the colors used to the space between the lines of resin and wood.More »