The blue hour and a sequence of indeterminate order

image005Trine Bumiller Interval 2009 oil on canvas

Trine Bumiller paints with a luminous and varied palette. Her subject forms found in nature such as shimmering river stones, a reflecting full moon and brilliant dogwood stems. Each work is composed of multiple and variously-sized canvases uniquely combined to further emphasize the artists ongoing visual themes addressing order and the organic; form and formlessness.

“The Blue Hour” refers to the cyclical transition times of each day that are neither total darkness nor full daylight. Bumillers explorations into this time of day reveals a monochromatic realm and offers a subtle shift in her work toward an increased depth of layering and sense of light in her canvases. Contrasting elements are unexpected yet contemplative. The work reveals a reinvigorated eye toward an increased depth of layering and sense of light in her canvases.

Each canvas is saturated in rich, variegated blue hues through multiple layers of oil pigments. Leafless tree limbs and twigs bisect the blue ground. Superimposed over the trunks and branches, electrified geometric elements of white and red scatter, swirl and undulate. While the intricate patterns engage, it is the blue connective space between ““ mercurial memory, the passage of time and the promise of renewed growth ““ that conveys the essence of “The Blue Hour.”

image006Reed Danziger Untitled 2008 mixed media on paper over panel

Playing the blues with Bumiller is new works and works on paper by California artist Reed Danziger from her “Indeterminate Order” and “Sequence” series.

Presenting paintings on panel and paper, including large-scale diptych and triptych works, Danziger creates complex and complicated systems with layers of drawing, silkscreen with powdered graphite and watercolor washes. Each subsequent layer informs the next until the resulting organic form which is pushed and pulled, layered and expanded, emerges into a vast interlacing of bold and delicate lines; geometric clusters and pinpricks of pigment. Each painting becomes its own specifically-ordered cosmological system that, as the artist states, “is the collision of human orchestrated design and the elemental, atmospheric and natural world.” Meticulous and labor-intensive, Danzigers paintings exude a sense of overall rhythm that implies interconnectedness and perpetual reinvention.


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