White DesertCurated by Irena Gordon opens Saturday December 20, 2014.
The exhibit will be on view till February 14, 2015.
Gallery talk:Thursday, 22 January 2015, 17:00
Judith Appleton is exhibiting minimalistic paintings of color patches located between the figurative and the abstract, brought forth from the observation of two seemingly opposite landscapes – the Middle Eastern desert and the North Pole region.
The artist traces the minute changes of form and color: how applying paint to canvas can embody the characteristics of the locale, and how the volumetric forms of air, water, earth, ice, and sand create compositions undergoing constant metamorphoses.
She painted the desert from direct observation, standing in the midst of the landscape. In Greenland, it was impossible to paint outdoors, except for short walks outside for quick sketches or photographs. She created the paintings by observing through the residence’s large windows, focusing on a single point—“her” iceberg—and followed its changing form as it melted and re-formed.
Within these infinite, monochromatic landscapes, Appleton has created an intimate journey in paint following the elusive transitions of light, the essence of the quiet, slowness, and feeling of being “at the edge.”
Born in the USA, Appleton lives and works in Jerusalem. Having attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, she received her B.F.A, from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and did postgraduate studio studies at the Jerusalem Studio School, Jerusalem
Selected solo exhibitions include Artist Wall, Jerusalem Artists’ Studios, Jerusalem, 2012, and Continuous Portrait, Jerusalem Artists’ House 2000.
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