Olive Ayhens, Urban Strata, 2004, 84 x 58 inches, Oil on canvas
October 21st -December 2nd, 2004
Reception: October 21st, 6 - 8 pm
On October 21st, 2004 the Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc. will open an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Olive Ayhens. This is her third show with the gallery.
Ayhens is a painter profoundly influenced by physical environments. Her journey has included cityscapes and wilderness, interior spaces and inner spaces. She loves the paint and her work thrives on surprises in paint handling, layering, building textures, pushing color relationships and striving for a sensual visual lushness.
Ayhens continues in part with her themes of dense aerial views ("Bristlecones on the Balcony," 2003, "Urban Strata", 2004, and several drawings.) Her paintings continue to play with subtle manipulations of perspective. Also incorporated in her new work are interiors: malls, very high rafters, a dream studio, a restaurant kitchen, crowd scenes, crowds on escalators, cars, soldiers, intense night scenes, changing reflections, etc.
The Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living things on planet Earth, tenacious survivors in an extreme environment. To place them on an aerial balcony in NYC like houseplants is completely absurd. The metaphor is broad-biological patterns are akin to the patterns of skyscrapers; cities are as organic as ecosystems. There is a danger and delicacy to her new work, fragility in subject and paint handling. She creates worlds in her imagery and sometimes worlds within worlds. The paintings reflect the stress, intensity and at the same time the visual beauty of city life.
In 2004 the American Academy of Arts and Letters purchased a painting, which now hangs in the Oakland Museum of California. Ayhens' work will be shown at a group show entitled "Anxiety" at The Painting Center in November 2004. In 2005 Ayhens' will have a solo show at the The Watkins Gallery at the American University. Her solo exhibitions at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc. have been reviewed in Art in America, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, and The New York Times.
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