Exhibitions | Exhibitions To the North

Denaro / Gwaltney / Taylor at Julie Nester Gallery

Park City
July 27 – Aug. 23


Sunny Taylor is re-engaging painting’s geometric tradition, positioning herself within a network of influences who explored the “objecthood” of painting, as well as the surface’s potential for formal expression. Her works embody a built, almost sculptural aesthetic, with strong ties to architectural influences. Her compositions and patterns develop through meticulous, labor-intensive processes and spontaneous interactions with paint, color, texture and meaning.


Madeline Denaro: “To allow something that I do not control to have an action, to allow oneself to bring this action into a materiality; this is why I make art.

My work is very much about process. I find the image secondary to the art making. Although abstract in nature, there is an underlying visual order that gradually seems to emerge. Working intuitively, I enter a realm of the unknown where there is more of a following than any real choice. I seem to be forever altering and adjusting the framework of some invisible reality.

There is an openness that is needed for this direct experience, this self-imposed repetitive process as I build, destroy, erase, paint over. There is a definite chaos through which each work evolves and it seems to return repeatedly to its beginning. But with each revival there are the markings, the scars of the previous. I have a relationship to these subtleties, these sensitivities, keeping some, hiding some; but knowing full well all that has been before.”


Chris Gwaltney is at the point where he is fully in command of his medium, has refined his touch, and is casually and deceptively simple in his meaning. He is an artist that likes to push himself – to build on what he has done, discard it, and rebuild again – continually evolving, taking from his surroundings and from his life, and recasting it into something worthy of our attention.”
– Bolton Colburn, Former Director of Laguna Art Museum, Independent Curator

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