Working on a little something here. My new motto: "There is Nothing and Nowhere to Hide."
I believe in honest paintings, what I mean is that there is truth and meaning in the concept, content and process. Here is a practice press release I wrote for Marianne Kolb at my internship. To be honest you have to see her paintings in person to truly appreciate her work. It has an incredible tactile quality of texture and gloss. Here you go:
Marianne Kolb’s figurative works present her individual interpretation of the world. It is through the act of creating that she finds significance, purpose and reality in her surroundings. Kolb’s passionate and intense process is a rapid progression through an additive and subtractive method. She builds up the piece through layers of panel, canvas, newsprint and water-based paint all encapsulated within a glossy varnish. High color and value contrast between the foreground and the background add to the boldness of her compositions. The tactile quality and physical elements build on the presence of the work where the form and contours of the figure and the environment blend and overlap in layers of raw texture.
These works have an intense gravitational pull that draws the audience in for a personal experience. The creation of her work is a conversation where the meaning and story of the work gives and takes, coming in and out, back and forth. Her eye for color, shape, light and texture translate subconsciously as she paints allowing her to focus on meaning as well as acting and reacting to the process. In the presence of her work everything is exposed, every emotion and every thought. These are wonderfully honest paintings; there is nothing and nowhere to hide.