Beach, 2008, oil, varnish and coloured pencil on wood panel, 75.5x60cm
Territories X, 2008, oil & spray paint on linen, 61x50cm
Carnival, 2008, oil on linen, 46.5x36cm
Early Saturday morning I was awoken at about 6.00am by a horrific howling noise. It was the wind of course...I peeped out of the window and saw what looked like the end of the world! Objects of all kinds flying past, destruction everywhere, strange light in the sky...and for most of Sunday there was no electricity. All back to normal now though, and I was thinking in the studio this morning that every painting has its own kind of weather system, with clear days or storms. And a curious fact; in Spanish the word "tiempo" can be used to mean "weather" or "time" which gives it a special poetic force.
One of the worst weather events in recent years is about to hit Northern Spain. The authorities have issued maximum alerts as a rare cyclone phenomenon is expected to reach its greatest intensity at midnight. Here is a satellite image issued by the AEMET the spanish state meteorological agency. It's 20.10 now so just a few hours to go....
Collecting, 2008, coloured pencil on paper, 32.5x25cm
Crows, 2008, coloured pencil & holes on paper, 29x23cm
For our third installation at the gallery we are showing Chris Ashley's blue and green paintings in the room for painting and Scott MacLeod's pencil drawings from 1960/62 in the room for paper. The exhibitions open on Thursday, January 8th with a reception for the artists from 5:30 to 7:30, and run through Saturday, February 7th.
Oakland based artist Chris Ashley has gained respect from art world insiders over the last few years for a unique series of HTML coded drawings he posts daily on his blog. A year's worth of prints from this online body of work was recently exhibited at David Cunningham Gallery in San Francisco. Parallel to this effort, Ashley has maintained a disciplined studio practice as an accomplished painter. Over the last three years he has been working on a formally related group of small canvases, oil and industrial metalic paint on linen, which he refers to simply as the Blue & Green Paintings. We are pleased to be able to present a representative selection from this series. A catalog of the exhibition with an essay by James Harris will be available from the gallery.