A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to present One, Six, Twelve, Twenty , an exhibition of new paintings by artist Ann Schaumburger. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery I from April 2 – April 26, 2015, with an opening reception to be held as part of DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk, Thursday April 2, 6–9 pm.
The title of Ann Schaumburger’s exhibition One, Six, Twelve, Twenty derives from the number of times she repeats a house motif in a single painting. These works, created on linen, canvas, and wooden panels using unmixed Flashe pigments, vary in size from 9” X 12” to 40” X 48”. Through variation in scale and color, the artist explores the syncopation that can be created by physical juxtaposition and color harmony.
Schaumburger has been experimenting with a simplified, geometric house motif for several years. One, Six, Twelve, Twenty is the first time the artist uses as many multiples of the house in a single work of art. For Schaumburger it is a pleasure and a delight seeing what happens at edges when color is put together. Unexpected color relationships ultimately trigger forgotten memories. Working with color in a meditative way links her past to her present, and provides an architecture for artistic process.
Schaumburger is a color virtuoso. Her extraordinarily varied and sophisticated palette, and the vibrations she encourages between sets of colors, seduce the viewer into a sublime comfort, alluded to by the house. There is a subtly keyed aliveness as well, thoroughly supported by the predictability in the paintings’ design.
For One, Six, Twelve, Twenty the artist references a quote from Marcel Proust’s Days of Reading:
“Style is not at all an embellishment as some people think, it is not even a matter of technique, it is — like color with painters — a quality of vision, the revelation of the private universe that each one of us can see and which others cannot see. The pleasure an artist affords us is to introduce us to one universe the more.”
Ann Schaumburger has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in New York City and internationally. In 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007, Schaumburger was awarded residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2008, she had a one-person exhibition at the Cité Internationale des Arts E. M. Sandoz et M. David-Weill Gallery. Schaumburger has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Brisons Veor, in England. She has completed several public commissions, most notably “Urban Oasis,” seventeen mosaic friezes permanently installed at the Fifthh Avenue N, R, and Q subway station for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program.
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