NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Lexington artist Gabriele Stewart in The Substance of Abstraction. The exhibition is scheduled to run from January 14, 2014 through February 4, 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, January 16, 2014 from 6-8 pm.
New York, NY, USA, January 12, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - Gabriele Stewart’s acrylic and mixed media paintings comprise a sort of controlled commotion. Abstracted and instinctive, Stewart’s work explores visual ideas rather than narrative or technical concepts — and yet it is almost uncanny how emotive and formal the finished product becomes. One painting pits monolithic shapes of deep blue and purple against the delicate drips left by the paint itself. Another shows layers of rainbow-colored lines that pile up to become an exercise in rhythm and tone. The artist’s representational work is just as experimental, placing heavy, multicolored bodies in rooms made of thin lines and blank canvas. No color, method, or material is off-limits; Stewart is just as likely to scratch lines into a swath of paint as she is to create them with crayons or string. The three-dimensional reality of her material is its own element.
Gabriele Stewart discovered her love of tactility as a child in Switzerland, making paper dolls, sewing, and knitting. After working in couture and design, and living in England, France and Canada, she has settled in Massachusetts.