Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “Collision: Ballstaedt, Crosby and Frioux” at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from June 13 through July 11, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An artist reception will be held on June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.
“Collision” is a group show in which three artists — Andrew Ballstaedt, Lisa Crosby and Jonathan Frioux — explore principles such as color, movement and scale, resulting in a diverse display of styles and themes in their paintings. Each of these painters has his or her own relationship to the application of paint, from sharp lines to borderless, scumbled strokes, and yet among these various paint attitudes is a common thread: abstraction.
Painting like a mad manufacturer of hues, Ballstaedt creates work that can be described as color theory gone wild. Against this unrestrained urge is the control of brush in hand as each hue, without the use of tape, is painted to create gridded schemes. While each color is placed on top of the other, small shifts in alignment occur, generating sways and slants during which colors flash and flutter as they race around the palette.
Crosby roots herself in deep-gutted atmospheres and monumental compositions. She approaches her canvas like an alchemist of paint, allowing her pigments to dissolve, drip, swirl and seep from thick to thin. Vibrating colors often collide with windy atmospheres as opaque patterns add to the dreamy haze.
Frioux stretches and pulls the lines of longitude and latitude, occasionally turning them into nets or breaking for a window into space. At a closer look, the unexposed dark layers seep through the bright stripes that illuminate the perimeters of the thick lines. Qualities of perspective, depth, interior and exterior, control and chaos are joined, resulting in anticipation and wonder.
“These three artists are a wonderful complement to one another,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “Their distinct styles of working give us a glimpse into the many exciting directions that contemporary painters are taking.”