Subjectivities: at Commonweal Gallery

An aesthetic exploration of color, space, and fluidity

February 23, 2013 - June 10, 2013


~FINAL OPEN HOUSE Friday, May 31, 11am – 3pm~

We welcome Bolinas artist Carol Duchamp and her luminescent water-based process paintings to the Commonweal Gallery. Each painting is its own song, a leitmotif that accesses meaning on a visual scale.

Indeterminacy and chance play a role, as does the element of water. Carol paints on pre-soaked 300-lb Arches watercolor paper. Her process takes place in the unplanned moment. This is both the beauty and the challenge.

 If the spirit is clear at the time of painting, access to intuitive resources becomes easier. If the mind is cluttered, the level of concentration is diminished and the result put at risk.

Each painting evolves in unlikely complicities that bear foretold significance. There is a co-arising of organic form, subjectivity and visual meaning – personal and universal. The viewer is invited to travel through these paintings as though on a journey or pilgrimage into the unknown. These vibrant works on paper are a celebration of the meeting between medium (color, space, fluidity of form), the physical and psychic energy of the artist, and the viewer.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday – Sunday, special events only. The gallery is located on the second floor of the main building and is not wheelchair accessible.