New Member Exhibit
This show puts together two disparate artists: Gordana Gerskovic, a photographer whose work looks very much like abstract painting, and Alex Tolstoy, whose moody watercolor landscapes range from the realistic to the shimmeringly impressionistic.
Gordana was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, but in 1997 life surprised her and brought her to the United States, where she has lived and worked since. She studied to be a graphic artist, but quickly discovered that her true passion lay in photography and mixed media. Trailblazing in her craft, Gordana presents the viewer with extreme close-up images that become astonishing abstract forms. Her work, she says, is a result of “snorkeling with my camera through the city, looking for undiscovered beauty.”
Alex is a former research scientist and mathematician who decided to try the other side of her brain, and watercolor has now taken hold there. Since she is half-Russian, her paintings are introspective and nearly monochromatic. “Streaming” is a quiet forest picture with birch trees inviting the viewer down some secret path. “Reflections” is an image of trees in the water — somewhat blurry and indistinct, their presence guarding a lonely isle. In “Small Scenic in Blue” the trees, fields and strange, vibrant sky present the abstraction of a distant scene. Tolstoy’s images are recognizable but often only barely so, and this progress toward abstraction, she says, is only getting worse with time.
Gerskovic: Temperapula, photograph, 14″ x 11
“Golden Memories, photograph, 14″ x 11”
Streaming, watercolor, 12″ x 10″