August 2007: Kim Murton & Kelli Neidig

Color dominates the next show at the Guardino Gallery. Kim Murton’s brightly patterned ceramic sculptures and Kelly Neidig’s painted color fields will liven up the show opening July 26th and running through August 28. Kim Murton’s ceramic sculptures blur the line between abstract and figurative. Color and pattern and the surface of the clay are all important aspects of her work. And of course, humor and wit are ever present. Murton is interested in repetition and the subtle differences that can happen. Murton coils and pinches terra-cotta clay, working from the bottom up and in profile. The pieces are painted with colored slip and clear glazed. In this show she will have several large (6’) totem pieces.

Kelly Neidig paints with oil on panel. Though initially perceived as abstract compositions, Kelly’s work subtly evokes landscapes and places of her memory. She arranges her colorful pattern of lines to create memory landscapes. Her method of painting starts with drippy layers of thinned paint, usually yellow and bright colors. Then she adds thick opaque layers of paint, covering up the thin layers, and in places letting new color. Or the paint will bead up and form interesting patterns.