Corridan gallery of Santa Barbara

Contemporary Fine Art of Santa Barbara

DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION
~ Energy and Color in Santa Barbara ~


Original Contemporary Paintings by
CYNTHIA MARTIN, KERRIE SMITH and MARLENE STRUSS

April 1 through May 6, 2017
Meet the Artists over a glass of wine - Saturday April 8, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Corridan Gallery is pleased to present "Driven to Abstraction", an Exhibit of Abstract Paintings by CYNTHIA MARTIN, KERRIE SMITH and MARLENE STRUSS. These fine Santa Barbara artists have created work in three unique and highly original styles. This refreshing exhibit will be on display from April 1 through May 6, 2017. There will be a Reception for the Artists on Saturday April 8 from 4:00 to 7:00pm.

Light patterns series by Kerrie Smith

"Light Patterns #10"Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 36"

"KERRIE SMITH'S paintings capture the rapturous relationships of time, light and nature. Her Light Patterns series reference this dynamic relationship primarily though her juxtaposition of dense color layers within an abstract geometric compositional structure. The color layers composed of meticulously organized dots form cloud like patterns of light, which flow through and across the geometric boundaries of the surface. Smith’s Light Patterns are a idiomatic language she has created to communicate to us the ephemeral interplay of light and the tangible structure of the physical world. Her richly textured patterns of color simultaneously define and erode the geometric boundaries within the paintings."

- Coleman Griffith Coleman Griffith is an Architect and architectural educator who lives and practices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara

MARLENE STRUSS'S Acrylic paintings on board exhibit energetic passages reacting to one another in original combinations of color and composition. She experiments with the properties of acrylic paint in the pursuit of dynamic organic forms and color with a rich textural surface. Layered processes of addition and removal, outline, flow and resistance yield unexpected three dimensional qualities. The layers are dripped, splattered, puddled, blown and scraped using straws rags, wood slats and sprayers. each layer is force dried and rubbed before the next is applied, resulting in a crisp, polished surface. The painted panel itself records the series of events of its creation and becomes the final piece without any frame, varnish or other interface.

Abstract painting by Marlene strus

"Return to Dust" Acrylic on Board

oil painitng by Cynthia Martin

"Commuter Sunset" Acrylic and Auto Paint on Board

Watching the transformation of the landscape in the real world of Southern California, has become a compelling theme in CYNTHIA MARTIN'S paintings. Responding to her angst about the vanishing natural world, she uses fragments of landscape to evoke concepts of memory and loss. Large paintings of ominous clouds make a statement of warning. Sidebars of bright colors scream for attention beside canvasses of anemic skies, implying the fact that we have “extracted” from nature its essential elements to feed the voracious appetites of our ever-consuming society. Her most recent work reductively abstracts the simplest proportions of landscape composition and color. Hues of Sunsets or Ocean Views combine with the colors of Oil Spills and Commuter Traffic. The end result is invariably a powerful statement.

painting by Marlene Struss

"Tangled Up in Blue" by Marlene Struss

painting by Kerrie Smith

"Light Patterns 6" by Kerrie Smith

"Oil Spill" by Cynthia Martin