Sabin Aell's childhood memories make for a standout show at Walker
Among the offerings at Walker Fine Art is the standout Sabin Aell: Mond:See, a solo outing in the gallery's main room. The show starts with a bang courtesy of the striking title piece, "Mond:See" (pictured), a mural that starts in the entry, then climbs the north wall and bleeds onto the east one. A site-specific work, "Mond:See" has elements painted directly on the walls as well as parts, hanging here and there, done in resin-covered panels cut into organic shapes that evoke seeds and flower petals.
The rest of the show consists of rectangular versions of the resin parts of the mural; all of it reflects Aell's memories of her childhood in Austria and visits to a lake called the Mondsee. Using ink, graphite and photo-based images carried out in digital pigment prints, Aell creates layer after layer, using the resin as a way to separate them. This multiplicity of simultaneous images results in highly detailed works that reveal themselves more clearly when closely examined. The imagery Aell employs refers to the misty lakeside atmosphere, shadows, and the flora at the lake's edges.
With the Aells covering the walls — literally, in the case of the mural — gallery director Bobbi Walker has installed a three-dimensional show, Jonathan Hils, across the floor. For these sculptures, Hils has manipulated metal mesh into fairly simple shapes; some take on nature-based forms, while others are more geometric. The mesh allows the voids between the rods that make up the pieces to be as pronounced — or more pronounced — than the rods themselves.
As is the practice at Walker, the back space includes mini-shows of works by three artists from the gallery's stable. This time it's some flashy neo-expressionist paintings by Eric Michael Corrigan, good wooden wall reliefs from Christopher DeKnikker, and colorless color-field paintings by Katrin Möller.
Sabin Aell and the other attractions run through January 4 at Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue, #A. To find out more, call 303-355-8955 or go to walkerfineart.com.
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