Gallerist, Jillian MacKintosh, introduces us to artists Treasure Frey and Kyle Jorgensen and walks us through their current (and so beurifully colorful!) show Chromatics and Canopies at Gallery Hijinks. ~meighan
Ribbons of warm color wrap the walls of Gallery Hijinks' January exhibition, Chromatics and Canopies. The two artists work, though slightly different in medium, both utilize the color spectrum organically with strong design and architectural influences. Both Scorpios, only one day apart in birthdays, Treasure and Kyle came in from out of town to install the show, make new friends, eat soup and play with our dog, Walter (of course).
You might expect something special to come from an artist with the name Treasure Frey. The minimal nature of her works draw on the space and the feeling of each composition. The walnut shell stained paper she dyes has the most beautiful texture. I once dropped a novel in the tub and when it dried the pages had a similar texture appearing delicately wrinkled. Treasure's paper is patched together much like a quilt, and floats freely within it's frame. The abstract design of acrylic ribbons feature all the colors of a rainbow. Treasure told us, "I used to live in Alameda, so when I took the bus across the Bay Bridge I would always see rainbows. I was really touched by the simple colors and space and the image has really stayed with me."
In the process of attending architecture school and taking art classes to get into architecture school, Kyle Jorgensen fell in love with painting. He professed, "I definitely paint like a print maker" which makes sense considering his training in printmaking. The layers of bold, flat color are set aside jagged lines of ink and an endless galaxy of midnight stars. In this series of work Kyle focuses on a simple theme of thought, contemplation as well as location.
Chromatics and Canopies is showing at Gallery Hijinks until January 28, 2012.