I am very excited to announce my exhibition at The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA. This is a joint-exhibition featuring artist Christine Olmstead & myself. Some of you know Christine from her solo-exhibition at my own art gallery, Latela Art Gallery in Washington, DC this past July. Here’s a little bit more about the story on how we came together for this particular show & what you can expect to learn more about in our Artist TalK!
“COALESCE” on display at The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA from October 4-November 4, 2018.
Opening Reception: October 13th 5-8pm (view Christine’s Reception RECAP).
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 20th 2-6pm.
Two Artists Coming Together
Christine & I met a year ago to discuss her solo exhibition at Latela Art Gallery. We had been following one another on social media for quite some time and to meet in personal felt very natural - it was a long time coming. I love when the roots of collaboration come from a genuine place and when both parties see the value in working with one another and are ready to actually split the work 50/50. That’s not always the case…
Even though we were planning her solo-exhibition about 8 months out, I received an inquiry for a corporate art commission and I proposed the client with a palette of about 10 artists portfolios. The artists selected to create two 6x4 foot paintings were Christine and I. It was during this commission process we began to see some of the synergy in our work. Once completing the project, there was a seed planted that we couldn’t ignore: what if we explored this visual narrative further? Bill Byrne, co-owner of The Byrne Gallery was present to install the artworks and also noticed this narrative which he too wanted to explore. It wasn’t long before The Byrne Gallery invited us to exhibit.
What’s the Exhibition About?
It’s about synergy between two artists first and foremost. But within that, there are so many other dialogues to be explored.
Synergy - We limited our color palette (just as in our corporate commission) to be able to visually explore synergy between our works. This required a lot of communication on how we’d dilute, mix and treat pigments as well as how those equations respond on different materials. The materials we paint on for this show span between primed canvas, raw canvas, and paper.
Pre-planning - Christine and I visited the gallery in Middleburg at the beginning of this summer to record dimensions and plan out where works would be hung. This way, we were able to create site-specific works that spoke to one another.
Working within limitations whilst accepting the wabi sabi - There are moments we needed to break from or change some of our original plans for the show while we were in the creative process. This balance between sticking to a plan of limitations (color, size, material) and following the true path of the creative process is something interesting to explore in this exhibition.
Vulnerability - As artists it is a very vulnerable moment to share behind the scenes and underpinnings as they look nothing like the finished works. It’s even more vulnerable to share such as well as pigment mixing equations and texturization or blending techniques with another artist for fear that you’re main secrets could be used. Christine and I were able to do this and provide intimate insight into one another process without compromising our own aesthetic styles or that of the other artist.
Trust - The above vulnerability shared between Christine and I absolutely connects to trust, but also the trust from the Middleburg gallery owners Susan and Bill who had complete trust in the site-specific artwork Christine and I made for the exhibition. They trusted us so much so that they didn’t even see the finished pieces (nor request to see progress works they only saw our sketch of dimensions and artwork placement and color swatches) until the day we delivered for installation. This trust is something we believe shows our professionalism and ability to pull a large project together, a skillset very much needed in commissioning pieces for clients.
Below are some color swatches we shared with one another in the early summer as we began to prepare to create the paintings…
A Sneak Peek: the Coalesce Middleburg Art Exhibition
Please enjoy some photographs from the opening reception (click to enlarge).
We hope you can take the time to visit Middleburg and our art exhibition before November 4th!
You may view all of my exhibited artworks on canvas, as well as works on paper. Alternatively, I have created additional blog posts explaining some of these artworks in more detail. You can also follow me on Instagram @martastaudinger.