BEYOND THE HORIZON ________________________________
Everyone sees a different horizon. It's an imaginary line. Where does the sky meet the ocean? Where do railroad tracks come to a point? It's infinite as pictures in a mirror, and like art because it's different to every person that looks at it. How do you get beyond the horizon when the horizon is everywhere and gets farther away the closer you get to it? Artists do it all the time. The path may be straight or curved... sometimes it's even wiggly as we shall see in selections from this month's exhibition at The Arts Upstairs.

 

 

Margaret Owen is definitely into wiggly horizons.

Drops of iridescent pigments dazzle like butterfly wings on tropical fish. I pretend a cosmic farmer plowed mercurial metallic furrows into magic Tahitian hills.

Congrats to Margaret for the glowing praise of her artwork in the New York Times on 2/19!

 

"Olana's View " packs a mighty wallop. This hard to reach vantage point captivated Frederick Church so much that he built his iconoclastic fantastic mansion there.

Howard Hopkins Jr. has painstakingly included over 6,247 twigs in this crisply etched homage to the Hudson River School.

 

Loel Bar has gone "Beyond the Blue Horizon". Way beyond. In fact the horizon is nowhere to be seen and there's barely a bit of blue.

The meaty gravy glazes and sizzling bacon textures evoke a Heironymous Bosch world where even the most malnourished gremlins can eat a high cholesterol diet.

 

 

Lenny Kislin mixes gumby with gumbo and gets tinklin' New Orleans style in "Cool Cats".

 

Here the horizon is a piano keyboard and the keys actually plunk. A levee is a kind of horizon to a river. Perhaps these musicians are floating down the Mississippi on a piano after the flood.

 

Meadow displays encaustic wit and captures the "Old West Sunset " like it was sliced from an agate stone.

 

There are many horizons in "Shuttle Fleet" by Dave Channon. The Earth is at once whole, and at the same time, fragmented in a prismatic cube. I think the exhaust from all those rocket launches have contributed to the expanding desert below.

 

Erica Minglis is "Fed Up".

Money worries, speeding tickets, fruity facial peels... don't worry - it can all be run through the shredder. Nasty tax returns become a fun confetti coiffure.

 

 

Chris Lewis wins the most creative price award for this rustic portrait, "11.13.67". It is priced at $1113.67.

 

There is an actual shower curtain loop piercing the right eyebrow, and a third eye piercing the forehead.

 

 

 

Jonathan Waddington takes us through the misty fog of UFO encounters with "Starship".

There is even a message from the aliens in their own alphabet running around the edges of the universe. Perhaps they are instructions on how to use the probe.

 

 

 

 

Jefferson Wilkerson brings us back to Earth with "Mill Dam Barn".

No matter how far you may roam to reach beyond your artistic horizons, there's no place like home.

So, until next time, keep your eyes on the horizon.

 

Your Web Safari Guide,

Dave Channon