Certain artistic acts of creation are defined in part by one’s ability to focus on being in the present moment. The exhibition Here and Now brings together work in this context by three artists who explore formal elements of drawing and painting on paper, canvas, and Duralar.
Esthela Calderón’s paintings on paper from her “Pollen” series employ the centuries-old technique of marmoleado, or enamel marbling, that she learned in Spain in 2018. “This activity requires great speed, a relation between what we want and the time we have left. So similar to life itself. So similar to the life of a grain of pollen,” she writes.
Amy Hauber’s “dot paintings” became “synonymous with breathing, blinking, and meditating,” as she rebuilt her life after a series of mental health struggles. “In these works,” she states, “each dot is like a miniature Zen enso painting, a bit of data, a moment in time, a tiny proof that I am here.”
Cassie Jones’ paintings on Duralar expand upon her “interest in the natural world and its representation in human culture,” according to the artist. “While various sources feed the work, the moment in which I’m working is highly intuitive and left open to chance and discovery. When I’ve painted myself into a corner, the best ideas emerge as I find my way out.”