Laurie Thomas @ Priska Juschka

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Date/Time: 05/09/2003 12:00 am

97 North 9th Street, (Berry Street & Wythe Ave.) Brooklyn, NY 11211
T: 718 782-4100 F: 718 782-4800
E: gallery@priskajuschkafineart.com
Gallery Hours:Thursday – Monday: 12 to 6pm. and by appointment.
Laurie Thomas
September 5th – October 20, 2003
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 7.00 – 9 PM
“For Vicky,” 2002, Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches
Laurie Thomas
September 5th – October 20, 2003
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Our environment often hides veiled layers of meaning. Familiar objects and spaces can inspire visionary imaginations. The work of an artist sometimes creates a bridge between invisible qualities and the real world. Referencing two of the great chandeliers at Grand Central Station, Laurie Thomas’ new work seems to materialize this perceptual experience through a series of oil paintings and drawings thatfluctuate between representation and abstraction.
Thomas’ forms are best described as recognizable; they are the memories of an object, not the object itself. The result is a distilled presentation of reality, a secret world slowly shown to the viewer. This subtle tension in merging abstraction and representation
conveys a distinctly modern sense of disquiet in her work, while nevertheless employing supposedly traditional pictorial strategies. The flatness of her paintings and their appeased perspectives seem to play with imagined spaces and leave viewers with a desire for tracing forms.
Thomas’ beautiful paintings generously reveal their method of construction: each mark is visible and clear, the weave of the canvas emerging smoothly, so that everything that went into the making of the paintings is laid bare, vulnerable. Her handling of oil also explores the sensual fluidity of the pigment itself, inviting viewers to analyze her surfaces, encouraging them to approach her work in almost tactile ways. Thomas has also explored other supports and mediums, such as painted photographs, moving between genres without limitations.
Laurie Thomas is a Canadian born artist who currently lives and works in New York.