Karlene McConnell

Karlene McConnell

On Exhibit: May 4 - 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 4-7 PM
Artists Talk: Friday, May 10, 11 AM



For her inaugural solo exhibition at Arts on Douglas, Karlene McConnell presents a selection of bold, colorful, abstracted landscapes that play on the allusion of three-dimensional space.  With respect to the exhibition title, Perspective, McConnell states, “Perspective can be a technique in art to create the illusion of depth and distance or it can be a state of mind.   I chose this title for my latest series because of this duality.”

McConnell’s work emphasizes strong, geometric forms and energized fields of color often set against pathways lined with trees that add a sense of depth to an otherwise flattened plane. For this exhibition, Karlene has expanded upon her methodology by experimenting with even more vibrant hues while also introducing more introspective elements. She explains “I have reintroduced drawn lines and infused symbolism with nature as the substrate.  Color remains my muse and I continue to take into consideration the artists before me who experimented with color fields, shape and line.”  These concerns are also referenced in an essay by Dr. James Murphy about her work, in which he aptly compares her paintings to that of a Fauvist, the kind of painter that “makes no effort to desaturate or blend, but allows pure, unmixed colors, even discordant ones, to ring out at maximum intensity.”  READ MORE>>