Though all four — Jodi Stuart, Jennifer Ivanovic, Sue Oehme and Patricia Aaron — are women, Parson says he didn't set out to create an all-female show. And there are substantive things beside gender that tie their works to one another — and to Maitland, for that matter. These include not only color, but each artist's interest in creating non-objective compositions and exploiting her chosen medium for its own unique properties.
Stuart, who's from Denver, has adopted an unusual process: She employs a stylus connected to a digital printing-type device that is fed with spools of ABS filament in different colors. This equipment allows Stuart to “draw” in three dimensions, producing scribbly and lacy shapes in single shades. For her installations, she puts the shapes together with others of the same type to create complex arrangements. Sometimes she combines the filament constructions with flat digital prints on vinyl that serve as backgrounds; the insubstantiality of the filament volumes in space contrasts with the solidity of the digital prints, which are applied directly to the wall, thus introducing just the right sense of visual tension between the two distinct mediums.
Ivanovic's op-y mandalas also embrace a novel production method. She pours paint onto boards, then uses drinking straws and toothpicks to move, stop or otherwise control the puddles of liquid so that they take the form she wants. If the resulting paintings were round, they'd have a concentric quality. But these are more complex in their shapes, though they reflect the same idea of a rhythm created by a set of colors repeated in the same order. She achieves this by pouring one color, then another on top, and then another, and another, and so on. Several of the pieces at Arvada have cut-out portions piercing the thick boards on which they're painted, with the holes arranged in patterns.
Connected by Color runs through November 11 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard. Call 303-898-7200 or go to arvadacenter.org for more information.