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“BELIEVE IN THE MAGIC” – Santa Monica Art Gallery

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Stephanie Visser uses color, light and emotion to articulate abstract compositions on canvas.
Her mature working methodology is inspired by instruction received at the graduate level layered upon a classical arts education. (Visser holds a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design.) The ideas for the canvases are distilled from techniques that she learned from Mary Winterfield, whom she  counts as one of the primary influences to her current painting style.  Winterfield, an instructor at the Pasadena College of art and Design studied at the the Arts Student League of New York and the Cape School under Henry Hensche, taught her the spatial push pull theories of Hans Hoffman as well the use of color keys to depict the color of light itself.  Visser employs what she terms abstract simplification to create strong soaring work.
The subject matter of Visser’s paintings is nonspecific. The work is inspired by the quality of light in the environment and the emotional reaction it evokes. In one of her latest series of work, Mysterium, Visser deals with the issues of spirituality, transformation and acceptance, in the wake of the death of both of her parents. In the series, Perseus, named after a galaxy cluster whose central black hole was recently reported to emit a single note, fifty seven octaves below the threshold of human hearing, Visser explores emotional loss, loneliness and grief. The explosion of emotion, light and color create the tableau of meaning without narrative and illustration. Meaning is not represented but implied and captured on a higher plane. People, places or things reveal themselves to the viewer as non-pictorial representations that are deeply intimate and suggestive. Composition meets paint where the tug of sensation comforts, or pinches, stirring up emotion and memory. These are mind photographs that reflect and evoke everyday life as sunlight and shadows; stillness and movement; as well as sound and quiet.
The paintings themselves, usually in series, are created from acrylic, oil, and other media on a multitude of surfaces. Her process is an active physical event or series of events that begins by laying down a gesture. This leads to color, shape, and form. Much like a Rorschach inkblot but infinitely more subtle. Images are built layer upon layer through translucent color washes, scumbled paint, markings and collage elements made up of bits and pieces of cast off materials used to enrich the surface. The paintings reveal a lyrical, magical and often mysterious world lit from the inside-out.
Jennifer Verge is a Canadian born artist with a unique urban industrial pop art style that incorporates mixed media and powerful messages.  Jennifer’s creative techniques and originality have made her a renowned up-and-coming artist worldwide.  Her artwork is featured in many notable collections from around the world: USA, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, China, Australia and Germany.
Jennifer’s training comes from a combination of studying under other established artists and more predominantly, self-taught experimentation.   Jennifer draws inspiration from an extensive list of accomplished artists, such as:   Frida Kahlo, Lourenco Didier, Joanne Corno, Andy Warhol and Banksy.  Jennifer’s passion for art lead her to Los Angeles to pursue her career as an artist.
Jennifer has successfully developed her own signature style by combining elements such as reclaimed wood, stain, metal, plaster, found objects, mixed with her love of using power tools.
Jennifer wants her art to affect people on a visceral level.  This is what she feels makes the art experience exciting.
2014 With Passion Acrylic Mixed Media on Panel 48 x 24
Edgemarcenter for the Arts
2437 Main Street, Santa Monica
California, 90405
(310) 392-7327
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