The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present FORCES & artifacts, a two-person exhibit by Carol Bajen-Gahm and Pamela Blum. The exhibit title reflects common themes in Bajen-Gahm’s mixed-media paintings and Blum’s wall sculptures. This exhibit ends R&F’s gallery exhibits. The exhibitions space will be devoted to manufacturing new products.
Bajen-Gahm’s place and landscape narratives cause the observer to shift mental viewing distances within each image. Bajen-Gahm uses inks, digital transfers, seaweed, grass, tobacco netting, and encaustic to print and build her work. The resulting imagery—indeterminate places and spaces—transcends her materials. The artist’s dominant use of black and white conveys polarized times and conditions. These artifacts shift scale from biological processes to human habitation, huge earth forces and aerial views.
The overpowering saturation of phthalos would make you think that their tints would pop next to other colors. But this very pale shade can be pulled toward yellow, green, or blue. Mix of Phthalo Green and Titanium-Zinc White.
Cobalt Teal is a bright, sassy turquoise compared to the deeper royal hue of Cobalt Blue, although they share a similar chemistry. It has the high value of a tint without a loss of saturation. Cobalt Teal is a single pigment color.
This odd mix of complementary violet/yellow with yellow iron oxide makes it appear yellowish, greenish, or brownish in the context of a painting. Mix of Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Violet and Stil de Grain.
Reducing the opulent violet-like undertone of Ultramarine Blue with white produces a tint that shuttles between violet, blue, and grey, depending on its neighboring color. Mix of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium-Zinc White.
Green Gold at full strength is a unique brownish green, but its very pale tint can be persuaded by other colors to lose even a hint of that green. Surround it with cadmium lemon, ultramarine blue pale, and warm pink to see how easily influenced it is. Cooler than Brilliant Yellow Extra Pale and Sienna Yellow Extra Pale. Blend Green Gold with Titanium-Zinc.
Very electric light green. It is cooler, bluer, and less earthy than Cadmium Green Pale but paler and yellower than Veronese Green. Mix of Phthalo Green, Cadmium Yellow, and Titanium-Zinc White.
We have long used Stil de Grain in some of our mixes and are now introducing it on its own. It is to Raw Sienna what our Brown Pink is to Burnt Sienna – like a Sienna on steroids. Raw Sienna is a natural earth, so both its top and undertones are muted. Stil de Grain, being a synthetic iron oxide, has a clean top tone, and its undertone is golden yellow. The French name is a revival of the long obsolete impermanent color made from buckthorn berries.
Magenta Earth has a reddish brown almost mahogany top tone. Extended out, it reveals a purplish plum color. When rubbed it becomes a delicate pinkish brown. Mix of Quinacridone Magenta and Stil de Grain.