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Paint: Sally Hutchison/Andrew Rubin/Barbara Walton Opens in Gallery

  • Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015

Madison, Wis. (November 4, 2015) – Paint: Sally Hutchison / Andrew Rubin / Barbara Walton, an exhibition of paintings exploring texture, flatness and encaustic opens on Friday, November 13, at the Edgewood College Gallery.

• Exhibition dates: Friday, November 13 through Friday, December 18, 2015

• Opening reception: Friday, November 13, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

• Barbara Walton Artist Lecture: ISEEC, Friday, November 13, 4:00 pm

Paint Artists Gallery Talks: Friday, November 13, 6:00 pm

Three painters display diverse approaches to the handling of paint, materiality and content. Sally Hutchison uses a rich textural paint surface; Andrew Rubin accents flatness of surface while exploring visual faceting and depth; Barbara Walton explores encaustic (pigment & wax) through images that often relate to her material experiments.

Sally Hutchison, influenced by a variety of traditions, displays an essentially invented imagery built upon geometric and biomorphic forms. In the “Calder Series,” geo-bio forms may be seen as totems, yet they are basically still-life compositions. The “Eames Series” adds a more subtle color palette and diagonal lines. Both series emphasize Hutchison’s attention to surface textures and outlining. These elements create images similar to reliefs. The surfaces of the paintings are integral components of her artistic aesthetic. Recent solo exhibitions include James Watrous Gallery in Madison, Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin Memorial Union Gallery in Madison.

Andrew Rubin has recently been painting with watercolors, gouache, and acrylics in works that combine random doodles with an interest in the 1940’s and 50’s American abstraction, set into simple landscapes. As Master Printer at Tandem Press in Madison from 1988-2015, Rubin collaborated on print projects with more than 60 artists, including Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Sean Scully, Judy Pfaff, Sam Gilliam, William Wegman, Phillip Pearlstein, and Robert Cottingham. He has exhibited in more than 50 national exhibits and printmaking competitions. Rubin is currently a visiting professor in printmaking at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Barbara Walton has significant expertise in encaustic painting and knowledge in the use of several waxes: the traditional beeswax, microcrystalline wax and soy wax. The soy wax is an experimental wax that she has been developing with a lipid scientist at Iowa State University where she is an Associate Professor. This unique ongoing collaboration has a fantastic opportunity for artist and scientist, providing an opportunity to broaden the discussion between science, art and design students. It has brought considerable favorable attention to the intersection between art and science and the research has strong potential for the creation of a viable product.

Walton will present a lecture titled “Waxing Poetic – The Journey of an Accidental Scientist” in the ISEEC gallery area in the Sonderegger Science Center at 4:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2015. She will discuss comparisons of beeswax, microcrystalline and soy wax learned during 14 years of encaustic painting and illustrate her scientific collaborations by showing examples of all three types of waxes and a collection of experimental soy wax test panels by seven additional artists. 

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