|Meredith Pardue, at right, with guests on opening night.|
What a beautiful evening! Thanks to everyone who turned out last Thursday night for Meredith Pardue’s opening reception for her show entitled “Revolutions”. A magical soiree indeed – Meredith was ravishing and well received as her art installations danced on the walls of our gallery with beatific aplomb.
|Barbara Serota, Cynthia Fray, Jean-Marc Fray, Birgit Schroeder.|
|Meredith Pardue, center, with guests Mia and Birgit.|
“In this aesthetically whimsical body of work titled Revolutions, I use the circle to address the universal issues of time, speed, and change. As a symbol, a circle or sphere could not be more fully loaded, as it represents some of the most powerful and universal elements that exist. Aesthetically, the foundation for this work is the rotation of heavenly bodies–specifically the sun, the moon, and the Earth. In Revolutions I address how the rotations of these heavenly bodies relate to human lives, with specific respect to the passage of time and the changes that occur in between these cycles.
|“Bang Bang Universe”|
|“Big Time Revolution”|
|“Medals From One Long War (Defense)”|
|“Medals From One Long War (Honor)”|
The obvious visual reference to lunar phases and planetary rotation lays a solid foundation for the fusion of one kind of revolution with another. As titles such as Medals from One Long War or The Waxing and Waning of My Constitution suggest, an internal, personal, or political revolution also takes place within the constructs of these temporal revolutions of nature, while the titles Mandala I and II suggest the quest or presence of a spiritual revolution.
I chose to deliver this loaded concept in the form of a colorful palette of mixed media pieces, offering the viewer a playful respite from the gravity of its content. The clean simple beauty of the natural maple both literally and aesthetically supports the rich impasto of the paint and collage. It is my hope that the viewer will find both meaning and beauty in the balance of these two contrasting elements, as well as infuse his or her own understanding to the work, and therefore adding the most important dimension to the artwork–life.” —Meredith Pardue.
|“Phases of the Great Rotation”|
See all of Meredith’s new works here: http://www.jeanmarcfray.com/paintings/38.