New Baroque - The Imperfect Pearl
March 9 - May 7, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, March 11, 2016 5:00 to 8:00 PM

New Baroque - The Imperfect Pearl

Characterized by high drama, tension, and exuberance, the style we know as ‘Baroque’ originated early in the 17th century and remained the dominant mode of expression throughout the Western world for more than 100 years. It offered a vehicle of expression for art, architecture and music that had a visual appeal easily grasped by all.  It was an Over-The-Top style that allowed for the grand gesture and possessed an ability to convey dynamic movement and energy in both formal and narrative terms. 

 

David Richard Gallery is delighted to present “New Baroque – The Imperfect Pearl”, an exhibition of contemporary paintings, ceramic sculptures and gilded found objects that suggest an influence of the Baroque period with lush materials and flamboyant style. The presentation will feature artworks by Monte Coleman, Chris Collins, Laila Farcas-Ionescu, Angela Fraleigh, Erik Gellert, Catherine Howe, Ted Pim and Vadim Stepanov from March 11 – April 23, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The gallery’s new location is at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone 505-983-9555 in the midtown neighborhood art and design district.

 

“In many ways it was ‘action painting’ long before the Abstract Expressionists appeared on the scene,” says gallery co-director David Eichholtz. “Artists of the Baroque era sought to capture motion, to freeze frame the action. The artists in “New Baroque” are channeling that spirit and energy.”

 

The etymology of ‘Baroque’ is said to derive from the Portuguese ‘perola barroco’ – an imperfect pearl.  These pearls are prized for the unique beauty in their imperfection.  So, too, with art.  The Golden Mean is boring.  Excess is exciting.  As Oscar Wilde wrote:  ‘Moderation is a fatal thing.  Enough is as bad as a meal.  More than enough is as good as a feast.’  Let us then feast.

 

 

Black footed bowl with five skulls Monte Coleman
Black footed bowl with five skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
7.75 x 7 x 7 inches
 
Low Base with Two Skulls Monte Coleman
Low Base with Two Skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.5 x 5 x 5 inches
 
Large footed bowl with skulls Monte Coleman
Large footed bowl with skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
6.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
 
Skulls in bone nest Monte Coleman
Skulls in bone nest
Glazed stoneware
2014
4 x 9 x 9 inches
 
Skull and fingers in two parts Monte Coleman
Skull and fingers in two parts
Glazed stoneware
2014
3.5 x 5 x 5 inches
 
Skull with fingers Monte Coleman
Skull with fingers
Glazed stoneware
2015
6 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches
 
Pile of fingers on stand Monte Coleman
Pile of fingers on stand
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches
 
Sheet _2 Chris Collins
Sheet #2
Found object and Copper
2015
21 x 23 x 7 inches
 
Discard _10 _ _11 Chris Collins
Discard #10 & #11
Copper gilded steel
2016
25 x 30 x 8.5 inches
 
Erik H Gellert
Half Shelf Part Deux
Ceramic and acrylic paint
2015
20 x 11 x 10 inches
 
Slice Erik H Gellert
Slice
Ceramic and acrylic paint
2015
19 x 19 x 16 inches
 
One simple trick Erik H Gellert
One simple trick
Ceramic and acrylic paint
2015
13 x 13 x 18 inches
 
Lift Erik H Gellert
Lift
Ceramic and acrylic paint
2015
15 x 13 x 20 inches
 
Erik H Gellert
Gagawa
Ceramic and mason stain
2015
13 x 12 x 18 inches
 
Erik H Gellert
Diggglon
Ceramic and mason stain
2015
10 x 10 x 20 inches
 
Messenger Erik H Gellert
Messenger
Ceramic and acrylic paint
2015
24 x 17 x 12 inches
 
Carborundum and Silver (Mantis) Catherine Howe
Carborundum and Silver (Mantis)
Acrylic, encaustic, metal leaf, carborundum grit on canvas
2016
48 x 36 x 1.5 inches
 
Carborundum and Silver (puffer) Catherine Howe
Carborundum and Silver (puffer)
Acrylic, encaustic, metal leaf, carborundum grit on canvas
2016
48 x 36 x 1.5 inches
 
Bodegon (for Juan Gris) Catherine Howe
Bodegon (for Juan Gris)
Oil, acrylic mediums, pigment, on linen
2015
52 x 60 x 1.5 inches
 
Bodegon (Peacock) Catherine Howe
Bodegon (Peacock)
Oil, acrylic mediums, pigment, on linen
2014
52 x 48 x 1.5 inches