The Navillus Gallery annual Summer Group show opened July and runs through to July 29 2016. The exhibition showcases a selection of works by Patricia Avellan; Rosalind Breen; Mary Conover; Melanie Day; Christie Lau; Kirk Mechar Janet Read & Catherine Schmid.
While there are distinctions between each artist one can see in the works the same curiousity around pattern making, movement and water that has become quite a popular subject for contemporary artists. Read's evocative "Winter Ice" and Conover's "Michigan Study 1" echo each other as does Mechar's "Reach The Edge" and Avellan's untitled piece.
Maechar's "Reach The Edge" may sum up how many people are feeling this summer, on edge. There are those who stand on the precipice of the new, fearing the future and are turning back to the patriarchy of the past. There are those who are leaping into the unknown, eyes closed, noses held. (Britain's sudden wish to leave the EU for example is a great leap toward. . . )
The world is seeking new groupings, new alliances, (Lau's "Belgian Emu" sums that up quite nicely) and new tribes. Artists have moved on from such distinctions and are looking at the mosaic of media from outside and things are getting quite blurry. The world require visionaries, artists, including the artists in the Navillus Gallery show are scouting for them.