tonight is the night for the opening of new work by geraldine neuwirth and anke schofield. both artist's exhibitions are powerful and speak volumes through their use of color palette and imagery. hidell brooks loves that wonder woman has made a comeback this summer for both these women's work is strong not just through impact but the physical work involved in making their artwork. wonder woman is defined as a women with superhuman powers. it take strength both physical and mental to create the artwork hanging in the gallery. their process is labor intensive. layers and layers of paper collage cut, molded and painted to form together one cohesive composition in geraldine's collages. anke' materials including large wood panels and the final coat of resin leave her work with a presence that holds the imagery pulling you into the painting. they are both the epitome of wonder woman and the hit of the summer.
i started as a figurative painter and found myself interested in philosophy, abstraction and spiritual concerns. i was attracted to the inner power of forms and how they make a conversation layered with energy and emotional experiences. through layers and layers of drawing, painting, scribbling, tracing, rewriting, constantly adding on dimensions and shaping pieces, i have developed a personal vocabulary, a new alphabet that speaks of the forever growing ‘thread of existence’. my work often comes out of chaos but then it simultaneously reveals a specific personal order that feels very right to me like the balancing act of allowing the expression to coexist with the external world in the act of creating.
my father worked for shubert theatre and from very early on i attended many rehearsals and the notion of a ‘world within a world’ became apparent to me. the life happenings, developing a story and touching on the philosophy of movement and change had a profound effect on me. the circus entered into my consciousness and my themes of expression presenting a stage for the inner reality where what you see is only a small element of what actually exists.
recently, for the last number of years i have been working with paper and building with paper to create collages as well as wall constructions, also developing shapes that exist by themselves with the effect of floating off of the wall. a strong extension of my work has become the actual remnant that appears from making and sketching the larger shaped pieces. it has no need to be defined in any way, it just exists on its own like a total unedited energy. i could see myself extending this language in the future making sculpture and installations.
-geraldine neuwirth 2017
i want to inspire those who see my work, to take notice of the world around them. to discover beauty in unusual places. i am drawn to animals for their beauty and contribution to nature. they silently take a role in
the world around us, unnoticed and without words. in this new series of work BALANCE my work depicts how life is a balance and one without the other just doesn't work. balance is not something you ﬁnd it's something you create. the heart of my work embarks on a journey which the viewer is presented with a narrative but not a conclusion.
never lose the childlike wonders of the world.
-anke schofield 2017
opening reception is tonight from 6- 8 pm and both geraldine + anke will be there. roots food truck with be on hand with their amazing tacos. all available work by both artists is on our website under each individual artist's tab. please call the gallery if you have any questions.