Diane Churchill has two series on display in “Color and Form”. In the series “Above/Below”, each painting is an ecstatic cry in the face of our beautiful and endangered earth. The artist depends on color, often layered and hiding histories of marks underneath, to tell the story. The second series, “GOLD PAGES” is a contemplation on writing and alphabets marks and their similarity to drawing.
The concept of the series “Above/Below” could refer to sky and land/ heaven and earth. But my main interest in the vertical placement of two areas is aesthetic excitement.
The two parts are like two worlds of thought. Each has shapes, textures, and lines which are in dialogue. Each has its distinctive color.
I apply many layers of paint; I often draw into them with a transparent oil crayon, and add more layers. I like the “pentimentos”, or echoes of marks underneath hinting at the life of the painting as it develops.
Each of these paintings, to me, is an ecstatic cry in the face of our endangered world.
Writing and alphabets are marks like drawing. Where does drawing stop and writing begin? Written language is codified. What the artist communicates with her marks is individual, but still a language. In the works for the series “Gold Pages”, I play with the idea of pages of writing or pages of marks, the interplay of languages.
I use gold paint and gold leaf to convey something precious, as though these are remnants of ancient documents of a form of writing unknown to us.– D. Churchill
Diane Churchill is a painter living in Nyack and working at the Garner Arts Center in West Garnerville, NY, formerly a pre-civil war textile mill.
Her training includes a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and an M.A. in Painting from Hunter College where her teachers included Ray Parker, Doug Olson, Mark Rothko, Robert Morris and Leo Steinberg.
She has had a long association with Soho 20 Gallery, one of the first feminist galleries in NYC, where she exhibited and organized panels.
Recent exhibits include Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, Union Arts, Sparkill, Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Industrial Arts Brewery in West Garnerville, Julio Valdez Studio in East Harlem, The Affordable Art Fair, NYC, Rockefeller Preserve Gallery, Pleasantville, University of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Recent residencies include La Macina di San Cresci in Greve, Italy, 2019, Gowry Foundation in Kerala, India, 2016, and “Soaring Gardens” in Meshoppen, PA, 2014.
COLOR AND FORM
with CARL RATTNER
on view February 22 – March 22, 2020