In her May 2011 solo show at the Foundry Gallery, Kathryn Wiley continues to pursue both abstract and representational work, although the abstract still has the upper hand. The main gallery presents a series of abstract acrylics, while collages and representational paintings appear in the gallery foyer. Originally a landscape painter, Wiley moved into abstract painting several years ago, needing a new challenge, and recently has started making collages, both abstract and semi-representational.
The 2011 abstract paintings build on the work Wiley showed in November 2009 at the Foundry Gallery. Many of the 2009 abstract paintings had squares and rectangles running across the top, some reminiscent of windows. In the 2011 show, the windows have become larger and mobile, traveling down to occupy a large part of the picture plane. In some paintings they establish space, seeming to float on a distant background, and in others, they evoke an impression of landscape, in flashes of luminous light and intense color. Particularly in this segment of her work, Wiley continues her ongoing exploration of color relationships.
In the foyer are a selection of mostly abstract collages ranging from landscape to fantasy to surrealism, along with several representational paintings of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.
Exhibit Dates: Wednesday, May 4 - Sunday, May 29
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 6 - 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 1314 18th Street, NW, Floor 1