Karine Léger, Karen Scharer, Jeff Glode Wise: Wonderland

Space Gallery

November 15, 2018 - January 5, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15th 6-8pm
KarineLeger Seafaring song
Karine Léger, Seafaring Song, Acrylic on canvas 36x60 inches
 
Space Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition with new work by Karine Léger, Karen Scharer and Jeff Glode Wise. Using various materials, shapes and colors, these artists create a wonderland of visual bliss and dreamlike contemplation.

Canadian artist Karine Léger begins her process by deconstructing compositions “in order to lay the foundations for an introspective reconstruction. Colours, textures and shapes are meticulously selected to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance.” This creative process is slow and deliberate, paying special attention to placement and energy. Her forms “nearly touching, other times precariously balancing on one another and, on occasion, merging… The shapes seem anthropomorphic at times, reflecting that constant desire for balance. But they only reveal just enough, allowing plenty of room for the viewers to find their own interpretation or story.” The artwork is only complete when a balance has been achieved creating a meditative environment for the viewer.

Artist Karen Scharer recently moved ‘downhill’ from her previous home at 7500 feet of elevation outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Her new environment, new community, new opportunities and challenges have informed her recent body of work that focuses on the process of change. As an intuitive painter, Scharer’s paintings are a genuinely personal expression of her experiences. “This work is about expanding and adjusting, learning and celebrating. It’s also about deeply missing what was before.. returning occasionally, to a quieter, more contemplative space.” The dynamic and energetic compositions with saturated color and strong contrast invite the viewer into the artist’s introspective thoughtful world.

Jeff Glode Wise has a strongly Asian aesthetic, rooted in balance, with great respect for materials and their inherent textures. His work is playful and “elude the grasp of gravity, allowing rocks to float and metal to flow like water.” Wise is inspired by expressions of nature and astronomy such as “swirling galaxies and the rhythmic movement of birds and fish.” There are also references to the human spirit as it is transformed by circumstance. Wise creates sculpture that transforms motion into emotion drawing the viewing into a dreamlike place yearning to interact.

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
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