Abstract Art in Las Vegas–Gail Buono and Angela Meron

What do they see that you don’t see?
What do you see that the ARTIST hasn’t even discovered yet?

ab·stract art  
Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

Abstract art reminds us that there is a collaboration involved between the artist and the art lover.  Enter in and allow your imagination to participate in the process.

Abstract Art in Las Vegas – through May 28 at Gallery 140 located next to the Bridge Street Breezeway, 140 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM.

ARTISTS’ STATEMENTS


bUONO1GAIL BUONO
has been fascinated by parts of the circle (arcs, ovals, ovoids, and spirals) for many years.  She is exhibiting paintings from two series, New Earth,  and Arabesque, as well as, prints from the  Kaleidoscope series,  based on a 12-pointed star (arcs emanating from 12 equidistant points on the circle.)  The digital prints weave an abstract relationship between her  landscape photographs and imagery from the paintings, depicting dual realities inhabiting the same space/time continuum.  They create a sense of being portals that open to new metaphysical worlds.  All the exhibited prints are archivally printed, matted and backed.  Most are in limited editions of ten.

While the Kaleidoscope series deals with spatial relationships within the boundaries of the circle, the New Earth series pulls back from the circle to include imagery beyond the confines of the circle, to relationships with other circles in space.  New Earth references our current environmental condition, and the birthing of a new world, based on our harmonious thoughts in a collective, global consciousness.  The paintings portray a deeper space, a more sculptural feeling, infused with vibrant color, light, and movement.    New Earth reveals a narrative stream, from the newly formed Earth being born, as in INFANT WORLD, to its experience traBuono2velling through dimensional portals in the universe.

With her interest in geometry, PROPELLER depicts a vesica piscis (the ovoid formed by the intersection of two equal circles, whose centers are the same distance apart as the radius of each circle.)  In this case, a specific petal shape is formed by the arcs from the 12 pointed star of each circle.

Currently, she has embarked on a new series entitled Arabesque, becoming  interested in a more seductive, sinewy line, still based on geometry.   Having renewed an interest in Islamic geometric tile patterns, she has been using diagonal lines through a circle’s center to determine points to create the arcs.  By utilizing two different sized circles, one above the other, patterns are created that interact between those circles, as seen in ANCESTRAL HOME.

More artwork can be found on her website: www.gailbuono.com.

ANGELA MERON

My work from 2008 to present began as an investigation of feminist art of the seventies and a consideration of its relevance today. Gender roles, identity and sexuality are relevant issues today – as they were forty and fifty years past. New media has allowed me to make art that brings the participants to the viewer.

Video, sound and much of my photography is part of this investigation. My sound work continues an investigation into the ways that one conversation might open up another.

CirclesAreHard

Circles Are Hard

As I continue investigations into conversation as an element of change, I’ve returned to earlier works, watching language evolve in assemblage, collage and paint. The daily work of building these assemblages gives way to the thought process of building new work. What We Keep: Re-Writing History is a body of work that began over ten years ago and was abandoned in my studio for various reasons. With its move across the country and subsequent unpacking, I was staring quite literally at my past.

BeachHouse

Beach House

 

Working with the original finished canvases, the saved objects from years of collecting in the studio, covering the original work while still addressing it is a process not unlike starting a life over. It has provided opportunity to rewrite history. I recently read that “history is shaped by the belief systems of those who made it.”  I am intrigued by the things we keep – both the tangible things we drag from room to room, office to office, house to house – and from a past life into a new life. The things I’ve kept – a wedding dress, old jewelry, motorcycle parts, shell casings from a day at the shooting range with a friend – have now found their way into these paintings. Through this work I am developing concepts for additional contemporary work based in social interaction rather than rewriting or suppressing the past.

BIOGRAPHIES

GAIL BUONO received a BFA in Painting from The School of Visual Arts, in New York City.  She has received two painting fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, as well as, a “Distinguished Artist Award”.   She painted in Italy for 15 months, with a solo show in Pisa, before returning to the  U.S.  Her paintings were used as sole set for two one-act plays by the Rivoli Stage Co., at the William Carlos Williams Art Center (in conjunction with a solo show),  in Rutherford, NJ, and at the Westbeth Theatre Center, in Manhattan.  Four of her paintings were selected to tour the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Auburn University in Alabama, and the State University of New York at Potsdam, in the show, “The Enduring Presence (New York Abstraction)”.  In 2012, she was chosen by Peter Frank, the L.A. art critic, as a juror honoree in the “New Mexico Showcase” at 516 Arts, in Albuquerque. She moved to the Santa Fe area in mid-2006, and has shown her work at various venues in Santa Fe, including a show at Tom Ross Gallery on Canyon Rd., in Nov., 2014.

AngelaANGELA MERON  is a designer and visual artist, born and raised in Iowa. She moved to New Mexico last year (2015) and is beginning a new life here in the Land of Enchantment. She raised five children who are all adults, scattered between the USS Harry Truman, Iowa and New Mexico. She assisted in running several businesses; residential homebuilding, interior design, consulting and property development. She has worked as a graphic designer over 20 years. Her personal practice as a visual artist began in 2004 while finishing her BA at Grand View University. In 2010, at Vermont College of Fine Arts, she completed her MFA in Visual Art with an emphasis in Sound, Video and Installation based in the History of Feminist Art/Artists of the 70’s.

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