Laurel Bustamante, Élan Chardin Gombart, Kelly Brand & Alexandra Opie :: Supernaturalistic
Four women with distinctly different visions of the world will be featured in July’s exhibit, Supernaturalistic. Paintings by Laurel Bustamante, Kelly Brand and Élan Chardin Gombart alongside photographic tin types by Alexandra Opie range from micro to macro representations of nature with a heavy dose of imagination.
Join us for a reception for the artists during the Ashland First Friday Artwalk, July 7th from 5-8 p.m.
Like Persian miniatures, Laurel Bustamante’s paintings are elaborate and enticing, combining human-interpreted flora with otherworldly environments. Her work is constructed with layers of gouache and acrylic paint to create ethereal and atmospheric settings, where microscopic gardens float and flourish. By contrasting highly rendered flora with abstract settings, she explores the schism in the human brain between our delight in nature and our global inability to maintain it.
As a feminist millennial existing in post-Internet society, most of Kelly Brand‘s influences derive from the young artists she encounters online and the Internet aesthetic perpetuated by platforms like Tumblr and Instagram. Her work exposes a reality in which social media influences us all, and imagines how this world reflects upon us.
Alexandra Opie‘s wet collodion photographs and tin types straddle the exquisite and strange. They feature plants as specimen and as landscapes in water and glass enclosures. The ambiguous scale and other-worldliness of the plants combine with the rich strangeness of tintype and wet collodion to create an uncannily glowing atmosphere.
Élan Chardin Gombart received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico.
As a painter, the exploration, the meditative process, or flow, and the visceral nature of visual language remain at the core of her creative process. The question “what if…?.” is always the first step. Her imagery incorporates the natural world around her with an elemental or atomspheric approach