Here, Then and Now
January 9 – January 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 6-9 p.m.
Curated by Cortney Stell
Philip J. Steele Gallery
Gallery Hours:11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Saturday
The Philip J. Steele Gallery is pleased to present the concurrent openings of two solo exhibitions by artists Christina Shurts and Nathan Ritterpusch. The exhibitions will be the first in Colorado for each artist, and present an overview of large-scale paintings created in the past few years. Click here to read about the exhibition of works by Nathan Ritterpusch.
The exhibition entitled Here, Then and Now features seven paintings by California-based artist Christina Shurts. Through painting, Shurts accesses a self-made trove of images from memory, which includes relics of her childhood, personal and found photographs, and real and imagined home décor magazines, to create paintings that exude feelings of nostalgia. By transforming familiar places of relaxation and luxury such as tree houses, seaside amusement parks, oceanfront boardwalks, and long-deserted vacation cottages and resorts, Shurts creates alternate realities that are fantastical and unsettling. Her background as an athlete comes through in her gestural and active style of painting. Large, sweeping brushstrokes and blocks of tertiary colors often activate her works. Painting is an dynamic way for Shurts to filter the past through action in the present.
A resident of Huntington Beach, CA, Shurts has participated in group shows in California at the Torrance Art Museum, Pacific Design Center, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Lawrence Asher Gallery, LOFT Gallery, I-5 Gallery, as well as at the Saatchi Gallery (London). Her work has been included in three New American Paintings annuals (Nos. 87, 91, 103). Her second one-person exhibition at RARE kicked off the gallery’s 15th season in September 2013.
At top: Christina Shurts, Salton Sink (detail), 2011-12, oil on canvas, work shown courtesy of the artist and RARE Gallery.