Tension is a
selection of artwork made by Bonnie Gloris over the past decade, ranging from her graphic Pop-inspired
complex mixed media
collages, rich, illustrative oil paintings, and combinations thereof.
Gloris’ work is
characterized by a poignant tension between a veneer of decorative motifs, and
the conceptual themes that lie beneath their pleasant surface. The dark
undercurrent of Gloris’ bold compositions is often belied by an ironic
depiction of delicate patterns and beautiful women. This includes the
subliminal thoughts explored in "Investigating the Subconscious," a series of portraits based
on word-association interviews with her subjects.
"Patterns Revealed" is a group of paintings that combine realistically rendered figures with
patterns derived from
elements, to examine the relationship between people and their urban surroundings. Gloris' work also meditates on
the delicate boundary
between life and
death in her series of mixed media pieces inspired by the film "Night of the Living Dead."
A narrative quality,
careful attention to detail, and dark undertones unite these disparate series into a consistently engaging
body of work.
See the exhibition at LITM, a gallery, restaurant,
and lounge at 140 Newark Ave. in downtown Jersey City. The show will be on view
from Sept. 6 – Oct. 3, 2010, with an opening reception on Sept. 7, 7-10pm. For
more information visit http://litm.com/art.html.