The figure’s contrapposto creates a zigzag compositional line made of the asymmetrical arrangement of the standing leg, pelvis, torso, and head. The orientation of each, contrasts while balances the opposing diagonal thrust of the piece under it, creating an anatomical spring to support the weight the figure bears. With raised hands and simplified facial features, we are left to imagine his expression along with his burden.
We Warriors Stand Together To Create Mountains Ink and gouache on New Mexico soil stained paper 2017 15x19 inches
Bio Jane Kim is an artist and science illustrator. These terms are used in tandem to describe two distinct disciplines that inspire her work. Science illustration helps to describe complex systems, depict the microscopic, record the world around us, bring the extinct back to life and imagine the future. While science illustration is governed by facts and a demand for accuracy, the beauty in fine art is a function of creative interpretation of both the artist and the audience. It can challenge and inspire us, spark an emotional response, and create a lasting connection.
GARDEN PARTY pt.1, 2017 Watercolor, ink and gauche on paper 38 x 50 inches
Bio Virginia Wagner makes paintings set in zones of conflict between human progress and the natural world. This tension plays out in the paint, as rigid grids contrast swampy pools and violent spills. Raised in a family of biologists, she has a unique perspective from which to observe the psychological and physical effects of our quickly changing planet. Wagner, with a literary degree from Oberlin College, uses narrative to expand and populate her visual worlds. Her interests in the figure and mythology aligned her with Neo-Expressionist and Leipzig School painters and led her to join the Agora Collective in Berlin. After receiving her MFA from MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting, she worked in the studios of feminist, figurative artists Wangechi Mutu and Julie Heffernan. She received the 2016 Lotos Prize in Painting and has been granted residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk. Wagner currently teaches fine art at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.