Mike Watson’s “Autumnal Visions” at Philadelphia’s Edge Gallery, Sept. 4-27
August 31, 2009
The exhibition opens on First Friday, September 4, 2009 and will remain on view through September 27, 2009.
Born in Guam, Mike Watson, lived in Spain during his youth and attributes his early exposure to the work of Goya and Picasso while in Spain as a key influence in his work. Later schooled in textile and clothing design, Watson pursued a career in the retail garment industry, focusing on visual display and design. In 2000, he settled in Charlotte, NC and joined the faculty of The Art Institute of Charlotte. His focus now is his art: “creating paintings that meld together his past experiences with his new inspirations, his wife, and his desire to explore internally so as to create externally”.
Watson’s work is first and foremost “the utilization of color as a non-verbal communication vehicle”. He uses color to involve his viewer in the work. Through color, the viewer can be drawn into the piece, experience various emotions, and walk away with meanings special to himself as an individual. In “Autumnal Visions”, the viewer will find an expression of a purely abstract interpretation of the landscape. Watson guides us into what appears to be the landscape, albeit where colors reside outside of their expected place e.g. the grass might be blue; the sky, green. There is a Fauve-inspired color palette and often a hard-edged geometry in each piece that reminds us that we are not looking at a painting of real nature, but rather an abstraction from the painter’s mind. It is from this perspective that one understands Watson’s goal of using “art as a mirror to the world, reflecting back mixed images of his own experiences and emotions”.
edge gallery is delighted to share with Philadelphia this truly wonderful body of work by Mike Watson, infused with the constant observation and exploration of form, line, and color in the world around him.
Opening reception: Sep 4, 6-9pm
72 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA