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Structures & Surfaces: Lynn Duryea & Brad Stroman
Apr 3, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015
Lynn Duryea and Brad Stroman share more than a similar color palette. Both artists have perfected their skills through years of dedicated and solitary practice, creating visceral experiences for their audiences—one through steel and clay forms, the other with acrylic paint on canvas.
Duryea’s tall mixed-media pieces have been described as “totems of a past nearly mythical industrial age” reliquaries to ancient urban forms; however, they have a more immediate and austere visceral presence. At first glance it is difficult to distinguish between metal and clay as the patinas of the two materials blend, a conscious construct by the artist who has long experimented with glazes, the eye is seduced and the hand itches to break the rules—reaching out to touch, to caress her cool surfaces.
Stroman’s trompe l’oeil still-life paintings are also calculated to seduce the viewer; rendered through “washes, splatters, runs and glazes on a surface built up with layers of medium, then sanded, scraped and carved,” his textured surfaces deepen the optical illusion of the exquisitely rendered objects that float so delicately in fields of saturated color.
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