In-house Exhibits by Vermont Visual Artists
The Arts Council's gallery is open to the public and located in the corridor and conference room of the offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier. There are times when the conference room is not available, but the corridor exhibit is always open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Kathy Stark's "… and the journey continues …"
This exhibit presents a progression of my work from the 1980s up to the present. I have wanted to do an exhibit like this for quite a while and want to thank the Vermont Arts Council for providing the opportunity to do so.
I have been working with pattern, mark making and repetition for the past 35-40 years. I work in series, each series lasting three to six years, often with transitional pieces bridging the change. The five series being shown, in chronological order, are: Color Poems, White Works, Words, Collage, and Checker Boards. What follows is a brief note description of each series.
Color Poems began in New York City continued to Nantucket and finally on to Vermont. I designed a tool with which to make a linear mark and then use acrylic paint to built up color and pattern layer upon layer.
These paintings were done after moving to Vermont where I fell in love with the white of the Vermont winter landscape. Still using my linear tool I found abundant subtle color in the snow covered landscape to work with.
This series developed out of a fascination with the marks and patterns that can be formed by words and symbols. In this series I wrote about my memories and hopes. In these works I write about my life, personal experiences and “reveal myself.” Being a very private/secret person the words are randomly placed so the “story” cannot be read and I can keep my secrets. During this time I began incorporating encaustic techniques into my work.
The collage series began as a challenge and an experiment. I was going away with my art group and wanted to bring easily transportable material. I had never focused on making collage works and took this opportunity to delve into collage and experiment with a new medium.
This body of work has grown out of the collage pieces. I was using a grid of black and white in the collage works and over time became drawn to using more and more of the grid. Soon I was modulating the checker board pattern creating surface movement and pattern.
Beginning April 4, 2017
Laura Jane Walker’s “Studies in the Art of Chance”
The philosophy of my work is closely married to my process. One is to accept that some things cannot be controlled. Spilling salt water on a panel, followed by working thread between the border of the panel and the borders of the spill. This work plays with opportunities between one point and another. The reading is a chance pattern, and the nails create borders between the reading and the edge of the board. This gives me the option to map ways to travel from one point to another, all the time directing the composition. The goal is to show how any spill (chance) has in it, the opportunity to learn, grow and evolve.