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Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Perfect Pairing at Timothy Cobb Fine Arts

‘Canvas and Stone: Sensual Symbiosis in Space and Time’

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Timothy Cobb Fine Arts’ current exhibition (on display through Sept. 6) features the work of painter Patricia Frederick and sculptor Susan Falkman. Although their media could not be more different in character, the two bodies of work fit together like hand in glove, both celebrating the transcendent beauty of nature and the human experience through abstract line and form.

Frederick’s artist statement speaks to her interest in the “space where thought seems to disappear and the mind gets out of its own way.” Her technique—many thin washes of oil paint and turpentine with a complete absence of brushwork—aptly mirrors this desire to get out of her own way and open to meditative practice and “angelic and spirit animal influences.” She states that, on an intellectual level, her works also explores “our last frontier,” striving to “get inside consciousness itself.”

Rabbit’s Tale is an hypnotic work in blues and grays, full of vein-like splatter and drip patterns and evocative of the glimpse one might catch of a rabbit disappearing down its hole. The title with its double meaning appropriately points to both the visible subject and the active narrative (the tale) of what is going on.

In The Beginning also employs arresting drip forms and deeply contrasting hues to evoke the Genesis narrative. The artist’s use of light and shadow is particularly effective here in suggesting the tangle of water, sky and light as yet undifferentiated in the pre-Creation moments.

Falkman’s work in limestone and marble likewise often treats on spiritual themes and carries a therapeutic purpose; her artistic statement asserts, “Each of our individual ‘healings’ weaves into a ‘healing net.’ The more threads woven, the more support for us all. My carving is my weaving.” In her tabletop Carrara marble works, Daphne Unfolding and Daphne Emerging, we find a female form swelling forward out of amorphous entrapment, progressively full and defined from one work to the next.

The Robe, a life-sized work in Indiana limestone, is a ghostly rendering of a garment devoid of wearer but still shaped as if it flows over a human form. The artist’s many years studying Classical carving technique in Greece and Italy is apparent in her acute understanding of flowing cloth forms. The delicate wrinkles carved into the inside of the robe make this piece—like all her works—multi-dimensional in the truest sense and fascinating to observe from all angles.

Sensual and endlessly provocative, these two artists’ works, perfectly paired in Timothy Cobb’s meditative gallery space, are sure to sooth, delight and inspire.

Visit Timothy Cobb Fine Arts Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The gallery is located in the Marshall Building’s lobby, 207 E. Buffalo St.