Pocket Utopia is pleased to present “Lyrical Color,” a group exhibition featuring the work of Rico Gatson, Sam Gilliam, Brece Honeycutt, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Jane Kent, Meg Lipke, Maggie Michael, Dan Steinhilber, and David Storey.
Color has an echo and at this exhibition’s center is Sam Gilliam, internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost Color Field Painters and Lyrical Abstractionist artists. Around Gilliam, there’s restraint, equanimity and balance. There is the blackness of both Rico Gatson’s and Dan Steinhilber’s sculptural abstractions, works that are intensified by Jane Kent’s overlapping musical scores, further blurred by Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson painting upon silk threads and made distinctive by Meg Lipke’s beeswax with India-inked and fabric dyed drawings.
Sam Gilliam’s painting, constructed from rectangular wooden panels and covered with layers of acrylic, applied in broad strokes and diaphanous wisps, orchestrates a tone of monastic serenity. The exhibition is further articulated by Maggie Michael’s sprayed paintings and tastefully displayed on the pages of Brece Honeycutt’s avocado-dyed book. David Storey’s painting of invented shapes with its brightly colored oranges and subtle browns reminds us that summer is a time to reflect and cloud gaze.