Posted by boston.com February 7, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Nave Gallery:
The Nave Gallery hosts the work of Adria Arch and Francis Domec from February 8-23 in a rare two-person exhibition at its Teele Square location.
Linear Notions illustrates the dialogue between two artists absorbed with shape, color and line. Adria Arch is a mixed media artist whose work features strong graphic elements and vivid color. The basis of Arch’s work are doodles, unconscious drawings that take the guise of cryptograms, geometric diagrams, or pictographs from another civilization. According to Arch, however, they are very human marks, not necessarily elegant and usually offhand. “For me, these symbols are a joyous and mysterious language that is both deeply personal and universal.”
Arch collects and photocopies the doodles onto transparencies, projecting enlarged versions onto her canvasses. The doodles are transformed into icons, displayed in groupings to create a body-scaled, physical experience for the viewer. While Arch’s work is contemporary in nature and inspired by her urban environment, the natural landscape is the focus of Francis Domec’s art.
Using collages and drawings of invented organisms, Domec explores the elements of transformation in nature through and imaginary world that has a spiritual emphasis on ecology. “To me, envisioning nature is a spiritual experience,” states Domec. “It gives me a sense of belonging. It also energizes me and gives me joy: I have a profound reverence for nature and all things being constantly mutating into the natural world.”
The interrelationships of organisms within Domec’s own garden translates into imaginary situations on paper back in his studio. “Honeycomb chambers, tree barks, sheaths of plants and seeds or designing the vegetal garden are elements that I am inspired by,” Continues Domec. “Personally, there have been tremendous changes in my personal life within the past year, and I have had the time to consider things around me. My relationship with nature has become stronger; it was, and still is, a true epiphany.”
Despite working to opposing muses, certain similarities appear when the work of both artists is hung in proximity to each other: strong, yet flat colors; lack of depth of field; seemingly abstract patterning. The juxtaposition of both brings the viewer into a world where shapes, colors and lines come to life, jumping from the canvas and intertwining along the gallery walls.
Linear Notions runs until Sunday, February 23. An opening reception will take place from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm on the 9th. The reception is open to the public.
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 9, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA 02144
Exhibition Dates and Hours: February 8-23; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Free admission