Liberty Arts exhibit examines 'shape of color'

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Ellen Zucker’s “At the Window” is one of many pieces of art that examine “the shape of color” at Liberty Arts’ newest exhibition.

Liberty Arts’ latest exhibit will feature the work of four artists from the Bay Area, including a wide range of paintings – including representational paintings, figurative work and abstract landscapes. The artists hope to show how each painting, no matter how abstract or recognizable the images may be, is made up of the same visual building blocks – shapes of color, according to a press release from Liberty Arts.

For example, one artist tends to overlay small rectangles of color to build up the image of a face. Another uses horizontal and diagonal shapes to evoke the feeling of a landscape.

“What is so intriguing about the visual language of painting is that the same basic shapes and marks, handled by different artists, can lead to such a wide and exciting array of results – from subjects we recognize to images we have never seen before,” the release states.

Ned Axthelm shapes colors into planes and shadows that we recognize as forms and faces.

Carol Jenkins juxtaposes horizontal and diagonal shapes to evoke the wild terrain she loves.

Shawn Vales uses shape and texture to create images that seem familiar, yet remain indefinable.

Ellen Zucker creates shapes that seem to grow out of the background, abstract figures sometimes emerging from the canvas, sometimes dissolving into it.

Monet once said, “When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you ...”

By highlighting how each artist uses these shapes, the viewer is invited “backstage” to see something about the process of painting. Not only that, the distinction between the abstract images and the representational ones is blurred. They are all made up of pieces of paint and shapes of color.

The Opening Reception for “The Shape of Color” is May 10, from 5-8 p.m. at Liberty Arts Gallery, 108 W. Miner Street in Yreka. Anne Johnson will be performing on the harp. The public is invited and admission is free.

The exhibit will continue through June 14. This Opening Reception is in conjunction with the Yreka Art Hops.