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Works From a Cincinnati Collection: Helen Frankenthaler and Her Contemporaries
Holland Davidson resides in Cincinnati and has exhibited her work professionally since 1993. Her pieces are included in many collections both public and private, and in the Permanent Collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
A graduate of Moscow Textile Institute, Ludmila Aristova came to fiber art after a career in fashion design. Her “painting palette” consists of fabric and thread combined to create smooth color and design transitions within an abstract format. Her use of varied fabric textures produces a color spectrum ranging from rich to subtle in effect. About her work, art critic Ed McCormack writes: “Indeed the textures that Aristova achieves with needle and thread can be accurately compared to [Color Field painter Jules] Olitski’s use of painterly impasto to lend his canvases tactile weight and depth. For not only does she combine fabrics such as silk and cotton but also combines hand-painting with dyed materials to create complex chromatic contrasts that are considerably enhanced by painstaking hand-stitching with different colored threads. Indeed, no painter has at his or her disposal a more richly varied arsenal of subtle textural and coloristic effects. … like Kandinsky –– and unlike too many other contemporary artists, who view abstraction in strictly formal terms, forgetting the spiritual sources that inspired that great Russian innovator’s first experiments with nonobjective composition –– Aristova obviously realizes that pure form and color, like music, can be transmitters of emotion.” Aristova’s award-winning works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. The works, in major museum, and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York the All Russia Museum of Applied and Decorative Art in Moscow and others, have also been featured in numerous publications.
I am inspired to tell a story! Antique and organic objects conjure up unique memories and feelings. I find beauty in the wear and patina of old objects and reflections in glass and silver, and simplicity and humor in whimsical objects. A still life with a single object is appealing for its balance and focus whereas a painting with multiple objects brings movement and contrast.
In my realistic rendering of objects, I paint so an image can be enjoyed at first glance for its beauty and clarity but work to create depth, so the interest grows upon multiple viewings. I achieve this through first drawing the image on the panel or canvas and then add a grayscale (black and white) painting to establish the contrasts of light and dark. I then add layers of color to draw the viewer in to the painting.
Cedric Michael Cox
My paintings are intended to build bridges between the past, present, and future. Inspired by elements of cubism and deconstructionism, I combine my interests in music and its relationship to the visual composition. The subjects in my recent works seem to grow like plants with natural and man-made forms interweaving together. This, along with my increased use of bright color, creates a dreamy and playful quality to my paintings. My work is a spiritual testimony to the visual experiences that arouse my senses, as I interpret the world around me.
Frank Herrmann is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts by the University of Cincinnati
where he taught graduate and undergraduate painting for forty one years.
Honors include 2006 John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Fellowship. Other grants include Ohio Arts Council Project Grant 2001, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship 1983, 1986, 2001; Arts Midwest NEA 1990; Summerfair Individual Artist Fellowship 1983, 2000.
University Research Council Grant 1983, 1990, 1999, 2002 & 2001.
Authors, Editors, Composers Award from the
Friends of the UC Libraries, and the Dean's
Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997.
In 2001 the Ohio Arts Council through the Foundation and Center for
Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic
awarded Herrmann a residency at Castle
Cimelice. The 80" x 79" painting
Cimelice Thinking: Fumeripits and the Brazza Baroque completed at Castle Cimelice is now in
the collection of the foundation in Prague.
He was also in residence at The Studios at
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA in 2016.
Herrmann’s work is included in many private and public collections.
Morgan's abstract work furthers his exploration of color and
timeless fluidity of line and form. Inspired by his painting process and
guitar playing, he creates chords of color, juxtaposed to his colored skeletal sketches, creating intriguing lyrical compositions. Since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, Morgan was an art educator, and now established painter and accomplished muscian.
Morgan's mission is not to dictate the meaning of the chords in his compositions, but to create a colorful, visceral scored experience for the viewer. His
paintings depict transitional space between music and color coming together into visual form. The viewer interprets his or her own intellectual, emotional, and visceral response to each work.
Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea