Stephane Villafane paints pleasing abstract landscapes. For the last several years, his pieces have been titled simply by the date on which they were composed, a habit of refreshing frankness and good sense for art in this genre.
27.03.2017. Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas. 13.8 H x 9.4 W x 0.2 in
In these two, quite recent, pieces, there is little sense of it being any sort of landscape (as indeed they may not be). However, the colors: green, brown, blue, overlaying each other in broad strokes of paint over the canvas, present pleasing and earthy textures that while decorative, are neither gaudy nor pretentious; one can admire them as one might admire the grain of a wooden beam.
28.03.2017. Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas. 13.8 H x 9.4 W x 0.2 in
Traces. Mixed Media. 31.5 H x 23.6 W x 0.5 in
There are few places as personal, and as potential a source of embarrassment as a person’s bed. In this Traces, by artist Melinda Matyaswe see an unmade bed, strewn with sheets, blankets, pillows and clothes. Items of indeterminate identification lay on the floor beside the bed. The mattress itself is askew, as if to reinforce the obvious impression that whatever else might be going on in the person’s life whose bed this is, the state of their room is not a priority (and we might wonder why). The artist herself suggests that this piece is a “metaphor of the hidden traces of life issues.” Yet, for many of us, who find that our own bedrooms are the last to receive our attention after all of our other more urgent responsibilities to children, work, and community have been attended to, this scene is only too familiar.
The painting is roughly composed into three radiating regions: two walls, and the bed and floor. One effect this has is to draw our interest to the head of the bed, where a bright blue sheet or blanket or sheet sits. The articles atop the bed are painted as angular regions. The painting as a whole has the pleasing aspect we might find in abstracts.
Looking Back. Acrylic on Canvas. 20 H x 20 W x 1.5 in
In Looking Back by painter Paulina Swietliczko a woman stands on the beach cooling her feet at the water’s edge; her head is turned away to watch two approaching figures, walking or running across the sand. The colors are rich and earthy, and redolent of the calm drowsiness of a hot summer afternoon. Our eyes are drawn toward, and then deflected from the standing woman, as we re-orient ourselves toward the object of her gaze. Or what we guess is the object of her gaze. Indeed, we may wonder whether she is not lost in some pleasant reverie, perhaps a fond memory of some summer day long past.