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Shannon Rivers & Morgan Maurer
Sept. & Oct. 2016

Shannon Rivers
"Poppies" 9" x 9" Mixed Media (acrylic/pen)

These new paintings have been a small breakthrough, allowing much more instinct to take over in my gestures, pattern creation, and color exploration. Primarily, this body of work has been about observing and capturing the beauty of locally grown flowers and nearby wildlife. Each painting starts out gesturally, with large areas of vibrant color laying the foundation
for later design work.When I begin to paint a new subject, I approach it realistically, adding layers of abstract leaf forms and hard-edge geometric patterns in order to create fluidity and movement. The ornamental experimentation found in my work is heavily influenced by Baroque architecture and utilizes varying types of drawing and etching techniques. - Shannon Rivers

Morgan Maurer
"Not Anywhere Else" 11" x 14" acrylic on 300lb w/c paper

This recent body of acrylic and oil paintings illustrate a main theme recurring in my work. When in the studio, whether it's figuring out how to integrate realistic elements with others of a more gestural or abstract nature, or whether reconciling how the geometric will blend into the organic, this two-dimensional search keeps returning to the same place: the point
at which society intersects with nature, where the town abuts the wilderness. A visual pivot-point.

My work is still centered around the mountains of North America, each rising in unique personality throughout this continent. Mountains, volcanoes, and other massive rock formations have a great facility to be stretched and skewed into abstraction, they're irresistible to experiment with, and they are catalysts for dramatic changes in weather. Moreover, when it occurs in higher elevations, the snowpack's shimmering, cold beauty conveys the darker siren song of nature. These new paintings attempt to balance differing elements of representation, and to find conceptual lines drawn just along the inner edge
of the trees. - Morgan Maurer