Alison Jardine: Solar Explorations
January 18 through February 8, 2014
Opening Reception on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 7 to 10 p.m.
LuminArté Gallery presents Solar Explorations, a solo exhibit of Dallas based artist, Alison Jardine, showcasing new works from 2013, which were partly completed during the artist’s residency in the Hambidge Center and forests of north Georgia. Solar Explorations looks upwards through the forests and records the often unobserved moments of sunlight and shadows as the sun lights up the earth. During creation of this work, the artist considers the idea of art as an act of worship, as the sun has been the center of worship for the earliest of human religions.
The exhibition is comprised of two parts, A Day in the Life of the Sun, and The Shadow Self; and the show features several new paintings with two recent video installations, photographs and drawings. The context of the artworks is brought into the gallery through sculptural and painted installations of objects and tools that the artist found, and altered in her character as sun-worshipper and artist.
“Landscape is Dead” refers to the often-repeated assertion that the genre of landscape painting is dead, while reflecting an anxiety for the real possibility that we are actually destroying the landscapes of the world. The exhibit brings together ideas of what the earth and the sun means to us, and the relationship between them. “Any artist’s work reflects their own environment, and mine exists exactly where I do: within nature, and inevitably within the digital media that surrounds us, and both these worlds are formed from light, the unifying motif of my artworks.”
“At the edge of representation we find the patterns that comprise the underlying structures, colors, and light available to our biological and intellectual process of vision. My artistic process embraces the experience of nature through its light, forms and color not only as a visual pattern but also as a memory in time. Our memories are stored in our neural networks, altered by the narrative that we construct about our lives, as well as by the tendency of memories to fade; today, our memories and many of our experiences of the world are filtered through the lens of the digital media upon which it is stored.”
About the Artist
Alison Jardine was born in Yorkshire, England and moved to Texas in 2003. She works out of her studio at the Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum, Dallas and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Dallas Arboretum, as well as a resident Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Arts & Science in Georgia. Alison has been featured on television on CBS, and her digital artwork was part of the UK’s cultural Olympiad of art events. Alison’s work has been widely exhibited and is represented in public and private collections worldwide.
“My fascination with nature and light began among the dappled sunlight of the ancient forests of Yorkshire and the clear blue, wide-open wilderness of the Moors where I was born and grew up, and this forged my visual and artistic identity. I now live and work in hot, sunny Texas with its intense, bright light that coaxes brilliant colors and highly contrasted shadow from the creeks and trees it envelops.”
About LuminArté Gallery
LuminArté Gallery, conveniently located in the Dallas Design District, showcases contemporary award-winning artists, as well as bright emerging talent. Representing over forty artists from more than a dozen countries, LuminArté continues to embrace the local art community by showcasing regional artists, hosting an artist in residence program, and by providing workshops and continuing education opportunities. In addition, the gallery provides art placement and interior design consultation, presenting collectors, designers and corporate clients with a diverse array of artwork in a variety of media, styles and techniques.
LuminArte Gallery is located at 1727 E. Levee Street, Dallas, Texas 75207. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am – 6pm; and from noon to 6pm on Saturday, and by appointment. For more information, call 214.914.4503 or visit www.luminarte.com and follow on Facebook.