SHAWN MEHARG: SEEING LITTLE MORE is the latest exhibition of work at the Williams-Cornelius Gallery located inside Daryl Bunn Studios in Riverside. If, like me, all you’ve ever seen are Shawn’s more representational works, you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was to discover this new series of abstracts.
I am a huge sucker for lots of texture, so this show had me at hello. These abstracts are LOUSY with texture ( and I mean that in the best possible sense! ), color and depth. Layer upon layer of paint, charcoal, etc., give way to artwork in which the viewer can get lost. There are a few pieces that are lighter in tone, but for the most part the color is heavily saturated, but somehow still remaining translucent, giving the feeling of looking through wet stained glass.
Lots of edgy endings in color and straight lines add to the stained-glass effect. There also seems to be a reflectory vibe happening, especially in the darker pieces– they could be reflections of city lights in pools of water on asphalt streets.
The visual depth is especially evident in the pieces in which the canvas seems to be opening up into a world beyond– as in “City Mouth” below.
I don’t want to give too much away. If you’re in Jacksonville, go see this show for yourself and find out what “more” you can see.
Williams-Cornelius Gallery is located inside Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave in Jacksonville.
The gallery is open Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm.