301 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Featuring: Ian Barrie (Raleigh, NC), Bridget Mahan (Milton, MA), Michelle Richard (Sudbury, MA), Sebastian Sawyer (Bellingham, MA), Kevin Schlink (Quaker Hill, CT), and
Kelly Schultz (Ballston Lake, NY).
Ian Barrie creates abstract paintings and drawings on canvas as well as paper. In these works he subversively veers away from landscape painting. His paintings are built of overlapping and interlocking organic lines.The experience of being present in the landscape is integral to the work and for the artist, the work is in a constant conversation between intuition and experience.
Bridget Mahan captures the essence of the female figure through film and digital photographic formats. Her work includes nude self-portraits and portraits of women in a space familiar to them, that depicts their unique personality. She interviews and analyzes the body as well as the mind of her subjects to decipher what it takes to be content with the body.
Michelle Richard creates black and white works that are based around the concept of memory. The work displays text broken or dismantled to metaphorically explore the complexity of a memory. These pieces vary in size on translucent paper, using layers in order to create depth.
Sebastian Sawyer is an abstract painter who utilizes collage elements in their work as a way to introduce found color and shapes. Their paintings feature heavy application of paint and blocked in color in order to create moods and emotions for which we have no name as well as showing glimpses or ‘blurry snapshots’ into past emotionally charged events.
Kevin Schlink is a book artist and printmaker who creates books and prints that investigate the relationship between words and imagery. Through the combination of fictional narratives and
scenes of distorted home environments, he attempts to blur the lines of definition. Do the words define the image or do the images define the words? He does not seek the answers to these questions but instead explores why we create these personal meanings and associations.
Kelly Schultz makes work that is characterized by an exploration of paint itself, using it as a tool to create an atmosphere. She is currently invested in using acrylic, watercolor, and gouache paint to create ephemeral organic forms. Equally present is the use of water, and the process of both the application and the removal of the paint causes these forms to emerge. The forms then become like transient orbs of energy, subtly exploring ideas of preciousness and mortality.