September 16, 2011
Pam Frederick and Flora Kanter, the artists headlining Studio Gallery’s current duo show, “Objects of their Own Design” and “The Nature of Nature,” live and breathe art, and are inspired daily both inside and outside their studios. Co-owners of ArtSPACE Management, the two artists juggle their professional and artistic careers effortlessly; one complements the other and vice versa.
Influenced by mid-50’s “Modernist” subdued color palettes and design, Pam Frederick’s work is based on abstractions of geometric designs and their relationships in space. These patterns of design can range from the chaotic to the orderly in their composition of shapes.
Regarding her style, Frederick says “My work can be described as a combination of organic forms and geometric shapes that communicate with each other in their own world. The objects ‘tell’ me what shape they want to be and who they want to be near. These compositions can also be viewed as a ‘still lifes.’ Though not traditional still lifes, the canvases show arrangements of inanimate objects within a geometric spatial organization.” These objects, enigmatic in their existence, tend to leave the viewer with a sense of wonder, curiosity and the desire to solve an unspoken riddle.
Flora Kanter also paints with a central theme focused on organic objects and line, while using more recognizable subject matter. Aptly named for her proclivity to paint botanical imagery, the artist’s paintings are inspired by nature. However, like Frederick’s work, these are not your typical still lifes.
Influenced by the late Cy Twombly, Kanter’s work depicts abstractions of floral images, with a dramatic emphasis on color, texture, and composition. Of the evolution of each piece, Kanter says “My drawings and paintings build on the linear element with the addition of color and texture. I combine traditional drawing techniques with the introduction of abstract elements.” The twists, drips, and curving lines of the subjects in the paintings demonstrate an inherent sense of the organic, and achieve an atmospheric quality in their rich hues and unique textures.
Look forward to seeing Pam and Flora at the artists’ reception tomorrow (Saturday, September 17th) from 4-6 pm at Studio Gallery!
Bringing the Art in DC to You,
Kendall E. Willey