New Art Exhibition 'Float' Features Recent Paintings by Artist Erin Parish at Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art, March 2nd, 2006 – May 28th, 2006

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“Float”, a solo exhibition that features a selection of new paintings by the renowned New York based artist Erin Parish. The exhibition opens on March 2, 2006 and will run through May 28th, 2006. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art is pleased to announce “Float”, a solo exhibition that features a selection of new paintings by the renowned New York based artist Erin Parish. The exhibition opens on March 2, 2006 and will run through May 28th, 2006. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

Erin Parish’s paintings flicker with the elements of this world, but draw the viewer into worlds beyond. Her luminous and experiential works are meant to both overwhelm and envelop the viewer. Through layers of paint, resin and repeated patterns, the surface of her paintings become animate. The mirror-like surfaces absorb the viewer into the paintings to experience waves of color and cascading forms, which seem to flow off the canvas. Grady T. Turner writes in Art in America, “Moving from the ethereal to the physical, Parish conveys a rare unalloyed faith in the spirituality of abstract art.”

To look at one of Parish’s paintings provokes a journey, not only through the visual depths of the piece but also through our own psychic depths. Emily Barton describes this self-reflective element, “Parish says she likes to imagine each of her paintings coming to reside with someone who will meditate upon it daily, observing it in various lights and seasons and from the standpoint of emotional changing weather.” Thus the paintings are not static. Changes in light and the viewers own mindset can unleash new tides in the work. They also possess a mythic quality whereby simple forms seem to awaken ancient narratives. Through her highly physical, layered paintings somehow nature’s elements are able to sing and the celestial can breathe. Artist Stephen Westfall writes about the alchemical nature of Parish’s work, “While resolutely concrete in their materiality, her paintings’ materialism nevertheless converts to lyrical image.”

"Meditation from the Gecko" is a painting that resounds with the colors of a spring landscape. Through shades of emerald green and yellow greens emerge layers of diamonds. The shapes in the paintings resemble jewels suspended in liquid due to the glossy layers of resin. Yet, in conjunction with the meditative stillness of the panting comes a feeling of movement. The diamonds move both horizontally and vertically on the plane in varying sizes, creating a dynamic movement like the slinking scales of a lizard.

While both playful and emotional, Parish’s paintings also delve into the spiritual. The shapes she employs--grids, circles, squares, diamonds-- seem to be the realization of some invisible order. Yet this documentation is in flux, it moves throughout the picture plane, beckoning the viewer to follow its flow. Grace Glueck writes about Parish’s paintings, “Optically, these luscious works are meant to vibrate as segments of larger patterns that extend beyond their borders, and to invoke specific emotional states.”

Erin Parish was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Bennington College in Vermont and earned her Masters of Fine Art from Queens College in New York. Her work is included in many private and public collections, including the collection of local restauranteur Gary Danko.

About the Gallery

Located in the Hotel Nikko at 222 Mason Street, Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art specializes in contemporary painting, sculpture and photography, and provides art-consulting services for corporate and secondary markets. The gallery seeks to cultivate a collection of artworks which represent a wide scope of media, function, and aesthetic; to showcase works of emerging or mid-career local and international artists; and to be a space which fosters, encourages, and inspires the appreciation and enjoyment of art.

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