Opening Reception Friday, August 22, 5–7 p.m.
There’s a subtle but unmistakable sense of joy underlying the work of Charlotte Foust and Eric Boyer, from the energy-charged color fields of Foust’s abstract interpretations of nature to the sensuous figures and forms of Boyer’s transcendent sculptures.
Boyer’s creative impetus is the material itself. The fabric-like drape of the steel wire mesh is an endless source of fascination for him, and his intimate awareness of its quirks and qualities allows him to mold, nudge, coax, and tease it into forms and figures that are astonishing in their sheer beauty.
Foust’s kinetic, color-suffused paintings display different moods and interpretations of the world around her. She mines her personal experiences and memories for inspiration, then translates these into the interactive shapes, lines, and markings that she layers onto her canvases with abandon.
“Both the figures and the free-form pieces live in the same fantasy landscape,” says Boyer. “The abstracts inform the figurative work by giving me an opportunity to see the material in a new way. I’m always looking for new ways to use its distinctive qualities.”
“I’m using color, line, and paint to create harmony and balance in a harnessed space,” says Foust. “It’s my internal process for ordering the world around me, expressing internal observations of the seen and the unseen.
The perfectly proportioned torsos resemble classic Greco-Roman sculptures, their sensuous contours rendering them receptacles for a life force, as if they were living, breathing beings complete with emotions and a back story.
Foust mines her personal experiences and memories for inspiration, then translates these into the interactive shapes, lines, and markings that she layers onto her canvases with abandon.