South Bay Contemporary-a juried open call for art
reception : July 13, 20l3 6-9 pm
July 13- August 25, 2013
550 Deep Valley Drive 151
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Velvet Marshall's large scale painting "The Bridge" is part of a juried exhibition sponsored by the South Bay Contemporary. This exhibition consists of contemporary artists whose focus exceeds boundaries or themes. Marshall's 8'x8' abstract painting combines oil paint and roof tar. The use of mixed-media materials began with the need to paint versus the need for appropriate funds. However, the roof tar has served to support Marshall's state of mind during the painting's inception. In our interview she spoke of the healing powers this painting had during her recovery from a traumatic event. The painting became the vehicle for what Marshall calls "the unspoken language".
Marshall's research of her influential artists like Cy Twombly, Antoni Tapies, and Gerhard Richter
helped her to empathize with the emotional background of some of these artists' work. The artists' influence are present in the slathering application of the roof tar combined with sgrafitto marks.
Tapies has described his sgrafitto marks as traumatic messages from people strewn against the wall.
The balance of color emerging from the background is attributed to Marshall's use of her photographer/husband, James Creighton's, images of underwater plant life. The abstraction of the plants, their beauty and color are similar to Gerhard Richter's thesis to understand and represent reality with paint and various mediums, techniques, and styles.
Velvet Marshall " The Bridge"
Velvet Marshall "Sargasso"
Artists from the exhibition South Bay Contemporary