Everyone desires connections, whether they be with another person, a place, or a thing. Both the traditional and contemporary melt together through the paintings and sculptures of this skillful artist, whose works are the subjects of a compelling solo exhibition.
“We’re excited about this new direction,” says gallery owner Robert Lange, who is proud to partner with artist Michelle Jader for a captivating solo exhibition this summer at Robert Lange Studios. Jader’s new works are composed of from two to 15 layers of stacked acrylic panels, and her painting/sculptures “push and pull images in and out of focus,” the gallery writes. “Working on layers of semi-transparent acrylic panels, Jader diffuses background layers, enhances depth, and creates a sense of mystery and movement. Expressive marks and shadowing of the figures also reinforce a sense of impermanence.”
Indeed, impermanence is the title — and theme — of the exhibition. Jader says, “This body of work is the beginning of a new direction for me. I continue to be drawn to figures in motion, but I’m trying to further exploit the benefits of not only layering paint on one surface, but layering several transparent paintings together to create more dimension, tension, and movement.
“The work is very personal to me. When I moved to San Francisco 10 years ago, my new world seemed out of focus. Simple everyday actions like walking down a street or passing new co-workers in the halls went by like a blur. It was very lonely at times, and I wanted nothing more than to feel at home in my new city with a circle of great friends. Little by little and step by step, my foggy world came into focus. With time, the streets I traveled started to become familiar and friendships grew around me.”
“Embracing Impermanence” opens on June 3 and will be on view through July 22. To learn more, visit Robert Lange Studios.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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