Good Will: A Group Exhibition
PAGE BOND GALLERY
December 10, 2021 – January 22, 2022
MARY ELLEN BARTLEY
SAMUEL LEVI JONES
A selection of new paintings and works on paper
My work explores issues of time and the ways in which past events inform our experience of the present moment. Who we are at any particular moment in our lives is the product of all of our past experiences, how we have responded to those events, and the conscious choices that we make. In my work, the visible history of each painting’s making provides the subject of its narrative.
The paintings are comprised of many layers of paint applied in overlapping sections—covering parts of the existing layers, while leaving other areas exposed. The paint is applied with varying degrees of transparency such that even the regions that are painted over still show through in places. In many cases, selected areas are sanded to bring forth underlying colors and textures.
The Collector’s Room
I work on an array of supports/surfaces and at a range of sizes—from small works on paper, like those above, to large paintings on canvas or aluminum panels. Each combination of material and scale demands a slightly different approach or treatment. Making a large painting is a much more physical exercise than working on a small sheet of paper, and that’s reflected in the end result.
In the latter part of 2019, I began to paint with a bit more expressiveness and aggression, pushing the boundaries of the geometric compositional structure that I have been working within since 2015. The result is a greater tension between these horizontal sections and the organic, improvisational manner in which the paint is applied. I believe the further exploration of that interplay will provide the roadmap for the future development of this series.
Painting Installation Views
A new visualization tool for available works
Now you can see installation mock-ups for all works that are currently available from the studio. Simply click the “View Installation Photo” link on the page of any available painting or work on paper to get a better sense of how it will look when hanging on a wall.