The Properties of Light by Mirinda Kossoff

In Place by Linda Carmel


This article, written by Mirinda Kossoff, describes the work of three OCAG individuals that will be featured in an upcoming show at the Gallery, which opens July 23rd.

In this show, which is titled Refractions, Linda Carmel, Pam Isner, and Marcy Lansman each pursue their relationship to the properties of light and color.

Linda Carmel’s paintings look three-dimensional because she uses acrylic modelling paste to build up structure. “In the series of paintings I’ve done for the show,” Carmel says, “I’ve added sand to the mix. The tableaus in the paintings are set against patterns inspired by African textiles, with desert colors juxtaposed against turquoise.”  Carmel goes on to explain that fingertips can read the raised areas and sand designs in her paintings like Braille, and she encourages viewers to “read” her paintings that way.  “These paintings are a continuation of my sand series and tell stories of home, migration and dislocation,” says Carmel.


Calliope by Pam Isner

Mosaic artist Pam Isner says she’s a big fan of refracting light, a property that can be used to create richness and complexity. “Incorporating glass of varying densities, thicknesses and surface textures within a single art object nicely demonstrates the properties of light refraction,” Isner explains, adding that biology and fantasy inspire her designs. “I like making things that cause one to do a double-take – something surprising, even funny,” she says.


Zinnias by Marcy Lansman

“When I was first learning to draw,” says Marcy Lansman, “I took my drawings to my teacher for a critique. She made the same suggestion for each one:  darken the shadows.  Then it dawned on me:  light is everything.  Through highlights and shadows, we create three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface.  Since then, I have taken special interest in light, and I like to think my portrayal of light sets my work apart.    In this show, I’m concerned with the effects of light on flowers and foliage.  Long before I became a painter, I was a gardener, and my work reflects that passion.  In one painting, I describe the effects of delicate spring light on pale pink pansies, in another the effects of intense summer light on sturdy orange zinnias, and in a third the effect of neutral winter light on evergreen foliage.”

Join us at the opening reception for Refractions on Friday, July 27th, from 6-9 p.m. at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.   


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