Reception for the artist: Thursday, 8 Nov, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (and by appointment)
Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition by the London-based artist, Rebecca Salter. This will be Ms Salter's fifth one-person show with the gallery.
Her work's defining characteristics, it could be stated, are its subtlety and contemplative spirit. The work has always been very labor intensive and is rooted in its maker's acute observations of the world around her. It both demands and rewards prolonged viewing. (When an earlier solo show opened in New York one month after the horrific events and terrible loss of life of September 11, 200l, the gallery's staff was greatly moved by how many visitors to the exhibition troubled to say how comforted they were by being in the presence of Ms Salter's works.)
Those who have followed and carefully observed her work during the past decade will be aware of its continuing evolution. A gradual shift has occurred in the paintings whose beautifully nuanced surfaces were slowly built out of the repeated layering of lines and mark-makings of an exacting regularity. (She professed to never being offended by the occasional remark from a viewer that certain paintings brought to mind aspects of weaving.) During a three-months residency in the New England countryside four years ago, she focussed entirely on drawing in response to being immersed in complete solitude, amidst the beauties and rhythms of the natural world during the many changes of autumn.
Once home in her studio in London, she was able to re-enter that state of calm and heightened concentration, and there emerged a new gestural quality and expressiveness to her use of line and her invocation of a more palpable space. Her lengthy practice of employing conceptually oriented, vertical and horizontal bands to subdivide the square or rectilinear territory of individual paintings has recently evolved to allow the appearance of an elevated horizontal line in many of her works which evokes a sense of landscape with horizon.
Her openness to experimenting with different supports has expanded her repertoire of working materials to include panels of fiberboard and aluminum (while she continues to work with rag papers and stretched linen). She has also recently experimented with specific methods of removing the upper layer(s) of a painting in progress - often through sanding the surface - to shift tonalities of color, qualities of light, and spatial aspects of the layers of mark-making. She remarked recently that it has become increasingly difficult to categorize her mark-making as painting or drawing. She continues to "obsessively work the surface" to achieve an equilibrium between line and space.
Ms Salter continues to exhibit publicly. In 2010, she will be honored with a one-person exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, in New Haven (which recently acquired a group of her works on paper). Among the many other institutions which hold her work are the Tate Gallery and the British Museum, as well as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress.