Dates of show: February 2-26
Opening Reception: February 2, 5:30-7:30pm Kish Bank, Expect More Store
Address: 114 South Allen St. State College, PA 16801
Artist/s : John and Leslie Strother
Show Title: Sibling Abstrctions: Artwork by Lesley & John Strother
Description: Abstract Paintings
About Lesley Strother ([email protected])
My aesthetic sensibility evolved through early studies in architecture followed by training and a career in graphic design. Working as a graphic designer, I developed a sense of play with the formal elements of line, shape, texture, value, color and space. My painting carries these undercurrents of structure, line and edge.
My nonrepresentational painting involves ideas/symbols/forms that are meaningful to me at present. It exposes energies and forces that I am exploring as my creative path unfolds. Ideas for paintings come to me from a variety of sources such as my meditation practices, dreams, personal psychological issues and formal art training.
With this in mind, I approach painting by making marks, be they brush strokes or shapes of color, and engage in a visual dance by
responding to the initial marks with more marks, continuing to follow the energy as the painting unfolds. I work with a variety of tools and techniques to create depth and activity, painting with various types of brushes, sponges and rubber color shapers to push paint around and remove layers of paint from surfaces. I like working with opposites, be it color or form, to create activity and energy in my work. Frequently my original intention for a piece transforms into something new and unexpected.