Peter Burega’s work is a tempest. He delivers large-scale, beautiful oil abstractions in a style that echoes harsh weather over an upset sea. These are not, however, mere renderings of a weather patterns. Burega focuses on building a complex, harmonic palette riddled with spits of contrasts and soft gradations. The end product may resemble a lightning storm but it is at variance with his final marks: a series of scored lines and a monochrome stripe. With all the wildness, there must be a way to rationalize; to step away and consider. The Canadian-born Burega has spent time in quite a few locations but now resides with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. To hear him tell it: “I am preoccupied with the act of painting - of applying paint to surface. Much has been written about the interplay of chaos and control in my work but ultimately, for me, it always comes down to painting.”
Kelsey Irvin builds her mixed media collages from the bottom of a long forgotten drawer in your grandmother’s dresser. Maybe there’s a cracked vinyl, an elementary school primer, a yellowed magazine page. These items are cut and organized into scenes from yesteryear. A past that seems as warm as it is unattainable. An exercise in nostalgia through material and content. Irvin, a graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York (now based out of Laguna Beach, California), seeks to contemplate “memories misplaced in need of recognition.” Her characters range from the stylish and suave to the unencumbered and joyful: a woman, obscured by her hat, sips tea while a couple of young boys ramble and laugh in the distance.
Presented in the center gallery – A collection of “Small Things.” Paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Jay Maggio, Carolyn McAdams, Marci Harnden, Marty Ray and various other gallery artists. We’re excited to be displaying this manner of work! The variety of styles, ideas, and mediums in one place is bound to elicit a sense of wonder and play. All works in this show are sure to be tempting as holiday gifts, for others or oneself.