March 2017

Background image: Myrtle Bartolini, Detail of Emerging Triangles, 1974, Acrylic on Panel, 48” x  48” 

Background image: Myrtle Bartolini, Detail of Emerging Triangles, 1974, Acrylic on Panel, 48” x  48” 

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 3, 2017
7 - 10 pm

934 Gallery presents Playing with Color: Collected Works of Myrtle Bartolini, a retrospective of the late artist’s work, on view March 3 – 25, 2017.  

Myrtle Bartolini (1918 - 2015) began her artistic career in the 1960s and is known for her bright, acrylic abstractions. Bartolini was born in North Dakota to homesteading parents and was raised in Greenville, Illinois.

Her work has shown in nearly two dozen solo exhibitions throughout the Midwest and in international destinations, including Nairobi, Kenya. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, has her work in its permanent collection. Many of her works are three-dimensional, featuring geometric shapes laboriously painted in a multi-layered process on corrugated surfaces. The shapes and colors weave patterns throughout the exhibition, revealing a vibrant movement.  Myrtle was a bright and colorful woman who believed art helps us interpret and make sense of the world.


April 2017

Clint Davidson, Assemblage with Black and Blue No.1, 2017, Collage/Mixed Media on Panel, 18” x  24” 

Clint Davidson, Assemblage with Black and Blue No.1, 2017, Collage/Mixed Media on Panel, 18” x  24” 

Respond and React
New Works by Clint Davidson

Opening Reception: 
Friday, April 7, 2017
7 - 10 pm

Clint Davidson’s body of work focuses on paintings with no preconceived image in mind.  Traditionally, this method of painting would be called “Non Objective”.  Davidson embraces this process and lets it guide and inform the decisions he makes.  The title “Respond and React” reflects in a concise way the process in which this work was made.  Typically starting with one color painted over the entire surface, Davidson responds to the clean field of color with marks or collaged shapes.  From this point, it becomes a series of “response” or “reaction” to previous decisions made in an effort to build a relationship between materials, colors, marks, activity, and inactivity. The ultimate objective is to make a well designed and dynamic final image that was built from the process of response and reaction. When working in this manner the materials, marks, colors, and the relationships between these elements become the subject matter.

There are recognizable elements such as bits of typography and graffiti marks which allude to Davidson’s other interests in the vast world of contemporary art.  Davidson takes these elements and changes the traditional context of them to suit his needs. By using these elements as subject matter and giving them new purpose, he achieves a stylized and distinct visual language that is specific to him and his story as an artist.