POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Stacy Geisinger writes the local lifestyle blogazine stacyknows.com . Her articles are reprinted in Daily Voice.
New contemporary art is featured at the Lionheart Gallery, located at 27 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge, through July 3.
Ashley Chase Andrews' 'Impulse' showcases large-scale abstract paintings that reference history and culture through adventurous mark making and bold lush color, and Gregg Welz' 'Paper Cuts,' highlights geometric shapes and patterns created through intricately cut and folded paper.
Now residing in North Salem, Andrews was raised in Santa Monica and credits her Californian upbringing with sparking her love of freedom and adventure. “I was never afraid,” she says. “I was a risk taker.”
Inspired by Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andrews begins with unstretched canvas tacked to her studio wall and then draws with charcoal or oil sticks and paints in acrylic or oil.
She works big, she works fast, and she spontaneously responds to whatever color or marks she is using at the moment, constantly building up layers of interesting marks, symbols, shapes, and personal messages: numbers, words, foods, places or political events.
“I am drawn to this abstract process as a means of expressing the visual symmetry around me: architecture, water patterns, or stone walls, for instance,” Welz says, citing Sol LeWitt and Louise Nevelson among sources of inspiration.
'Cuts' includes works like Up and Over, a perfect square composed of 169 smaller squares, each its own tile of origami-like folds. The creamy white paper conjures endless associations: tiny kites, ornate frosting roses, snowy peaks, experimental architecture, spinning pinwheels, scales on a pale fish, or facets in a diamond.
The Lionheart Gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information and directions to the gallery, go online to www.thelionheartgallery.com or call (914) 764-8689.