Thank you everyone for coming out to my show! And thank you Keystone Gallery for this opportunity, I'm so grateful. This past year has been quite the journey and to have my work culminate in this show has been so insightful, challenging, and gratifying. I've already started a new body of work and look forward to sharing it with you as it develops - now it's back to the studio!
For Immediate Release:
Keystone Gallery is pleased to present Impact, a solo-exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Dena Robertson. This show will include large and small-scale abstract paintings and works on paper. The show can be viewed February 2 – 11, 2019. A reception will be held on February 2, 2019, 4-7pm.
Derived from living in both urban and rural landscapes, Robertson examines human’s relationship with nature in these settings. Echoing the interactions of the multifaceted relationship and the influence of culture, geographic location, space and politics, organic forms emerge on the canvas. A fusion of indifference and spirited emotion, void of any physical people, is evident as elements of the dynamically colorful, abstract landforms disappear, fade and reappear like the ebb and flow of the precious natural resources.
Simultaneously, modern, human-made windmills often appear, forming patterns and reflecting our need to generate power, both electrical and political. The windmills often float off the canvas onto the wall, thereby encouraging the viewer to consider the global kinship and shared affects of air quality.
Inspired by the endless power lines that connect our homes and businesses into giant power grids, drawn lines are used metaphorically throughout the works suggesting the connectedness between all living things. Although these lines are sometimes broken or faint, Robertson’s original paintings give us a sense that the environment is ever changing and restoration is possible if we choose that path.
About Dena Robertson
Dena Robertson grew up in rural Indiana. She moved to Baltimore, MD to study art and later to New York. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She has a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including Superfine Art Fair in Miami, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and Gallery 825.
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Save the Date!
Feb 2nd, 2019 is opening night for my solo show at
Keystone Gallery in Los Angeles.
Join me! More details soon.
This week I’m showing my work at Superfine Art Fair Miami. It’s located at 10th & Ocean in South Beach and runs during Miami Art Week/Miami Basel. Let me know if you would like a pass for the show and I’ll email you one.
My studio will be open at Keystone Art Space for our biannual open studios. Come, enjoy some wine, and see the work of 30+ artists.
A painting I just completed. This painting is smaller than most of my work, 8x10". I had brought this painting home from my studio a few weeks ago and was very excited about how it was working, but there was something that still needed to be defined. After spending a lot of time just being in its presence, I became aware of the what the painting wanted.
There is often a lot of quiet time that goes into my work. Being still, writing, and questioning. I stare endlessly at landscapes. I can't get enough of them. Beyond the inspiration, there is so much information in a landscape. As I think about that information, I have so many questions. Questions that I am exploring in this new body of work.
My first blog post. Where to start, how to begin, so much information!? Here goes...
Very excited to have completed this painting this past weekend. It's likely to be the longest time I have spent or ever will spend on a single piece of my work-taking over 3 1/2 years to complete. I started this large piece (6x8') while pregnant with my now 3 year old daughter (my last of 3 kids). It was nearly finished just before I gave birth to her, or so I thought.
Six months after she was born, I came back into my studio to work and simply couldn't relate to the work anymore. I was stunned and struggled to connect with any part of it. So it hung in the studio while I worked on other pieces. Usually, when a piece just isn't working and we've exhausted each other, I simply put it away and move on. But, for some reason, I couldn't let this one go as it had this undeniable presence. Over time I attempted to work on it, struggling with the paint, the marks, everything. A few months ago the original work had become underpainting. I once again set it aside. Then, out of nowhere, espresso in hand, I came back to it. As I was painting I could feel it all coming together, a euphoria. It was an emotional moment.
I am usually surprised by the end result of my pieces. I never start with a plan. I work intuitively, responding to the marks and lines and allowing them to guide me. Over the next weeks and months, I'll begin to unravel some of the energy and layers that created this piece.