Laura Rathe Fine Art Presents New Abstract Paintings by Meredith Pardue In Houston, TX
(Houston, TX – April 7, 2018) – Acclaimed Houston gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces an exhibition of new, abstract paintings by Meredith Pardue, Songs Unsung, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 6 - 9pm at 2707 Colquitt Street. A symphony of color and energy, Meredith Pardue’s work considers the physical properties of the world around us in a conceptual exploration of the elements that surround us, within and without. Painting the grossest and densest forms found in the depths of the earth to the most ethereal components of existence, Pardue’s manifestations are pure energy and consciousness unfolding onto a canvas.
Pardue investigates the theme of life’s cycles with a vibrant approach. A response to the passage of time, each canvas holds lyrical forms and colors that blend to make up a cohesive timeline. Each enclosure anchors itself to a process in time, holding within itself the experiences in nature’s endless cycles of growth and decay. This landscape of time is composed of controlled and intuitive markings that begin to form disrupted narratives but collectively form a spontaneous creation, a song of unity. Pardue creates an aesthetic that emphasizes both the form and the formless. The paradoxical focus on emptiness and absence creates a visually striking yet meditative canvas. Balance is found between the negative spaces and forms —the negative space enhances the aesthetic of the composition, while the form highlights the negative space. Pardue reminds the viewer that there are always two processes happening within any event, creation and destruction, and it is within our humanness to explore and play with all the possibilities to create a harmonious environment. Songs Unsung will be on view through May 12, 2018.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Meredith Pardue, using oil, ink, and oil crayon, infuses her canvases with a vivid color palate that appeals to both the feminine and masculine aspects of the universe. The serene and calmness of negative space is confronted with the birth of color and form. The bright and bold colors deepen our experience into the feminine sensuality and romantic nature of things, reminiscent of flora petals, while the darker and more neutral colors hold a sense of sturdiness and dense form that relates to the masculinity in forms. Manifesting creation through form and color, Pardue transforms negative spaces into matter through bold and rich textures and sensual colors that convey her love of nature, especially the physical beauty of her native Louisiana. Her exploration of earthly and otherworldly terrains leads us to vibrant visions inside an interactive transformation of energy. Pardue goes beyond the world of matter experimenting with elements and their features intercepting into the spirit of creation itself.
Pardue studied painting at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and subsequently at Parson School of Design where she received her M.F.A. in 2003. Since one of her first exhibitions at the Levee Gallery, Monroe, LA, in 1998, Pardue has had countless solo shows in Texas, New York, California and Louisiana, as well as regular inclusion in group exhibitions. Her work has been featured in a variety of art and design magazines, including Art Ltd, Professional Artist, and Architectural Digest and she is represented in the collections of JCrew Corporate Headquarters, Genstar Capitol, The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and BBVA Compass. Pardue currently lives and works in Austin, TX.