This month the Gray Gallery hosts three artists with different approaches to creating their vision. Barbara Allen works in ceramic and fluid watercolor. Dominie Nash “paints” in fabric. Rob Caperell twists the raw element of steel into creative and often functional art.
Further into the gallery, the visitor will see more of the cohesive thread that flows through the July exhibition. Rob's black steel work imposes its presence on the room in the form of a glass-topped console table decorated with matching candle holders that rise in serpentine fashion from its center. Each of Barbara's ceramic works are similar in form but dusted by the ashes of the fire that created them, speak with individual voices. Complementing the raw, earthy material of Caperell's steel work below them, Nash's leafy textiles spun with dyes and pigments are aligned above with Barbara Allen's esoteric drawings in watercolor. Both artists carry a translucent quality that draws the viewer in closer where they can capture and transmit their meaningful message.
There is one more powerful effect that further accents the show's sense of harmony. Barbara Allen's soft but linear pieces are created side by side. As the pieces develop and come forth from the paper, she lets them choose their own path. Sometimes the works remain almost as twin-like siblings. But sometimes one of the pair develops into something totally unexpected, and Allen chooses whether or not to nurture this differentiation until the work has finished speaking. Either way it is clear that they are of the same at heart and carry within them the same message of process and light, discovery and exploration, interruptions and productivity.
Written by Gallery Manager Douglas Rhodes.