Layers, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX

Gabriele Evertz, Blue + the Spectrum, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
68 x 68 inches

March 3 – April 28, 2012

Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce a group exhibition titled ‘Layers’, featuring work by Gabriele Evertz, Lev Khesin, and Julia Steiner.

This exhibition is an exploration of the act of layering. The idea of Layers calls up several visual and biological associations ranging from the earth’s strata to the various layers of our skin. Through layers we have a way to visualize history and investigate its traces. Just like the petals of flower slowly unfold, layers draw you in on a journey of discovery as you go beyond the surface.

The three artists in this exhibition each address layering in a visual and physical way.

With a background in both painting and architecture, Evertz assigns structure to color in the form of vertical stripes. The structure is created through a continual process of taping, painting and re-taping. The stripes span the entire height of her paintings from top to bottom. Rhythmically placed diagonal stripes break up the vertical structure, which activate the painting as the viewer moves around it. From a distance, the paintings create an optical experience that upon close inspection unfolds into its internal structure.

Lev Khesin uses a very physical approach to layering. His work is constructed out of multiple deposits of silicon with added color pigment. The paintings grow intuitively and organically, similar to the formation of crystals. The crystallized structure is visible at the edge of the paintings. He uses silicone due to its wide range of thickness, viscosities, glossiness, and transparency. One can get lost peering through the silicone strata, continually discovering new colors as the light reflects differently off the plastic surface.

Julia Steiner applies gouache to paper using a drawing technique. She assembles sheets of paper into very large works, layering several visual levels. The final works are large in scale and envelop the viewer. They seem to depict landscapes pivoting between abstract and organic shapes. By staying within the spectrum of darks and lights, these spatial layers become convoluted and yet entice you to discover the image.