October 25 – November 25, 2017
Minimalist and monochrome painter Lies Kraal abstracts the noise and complexity of daily life through quiet reduction. Kraal’s paintings purvey a simple elegance, characterized by precise symmetry and subtleties in color and texture. As evoked through application of pigment and paint, texture is essential to her body of work. Her process is labor intensive – she applies layers of gesso to her surface, sands them, and adds layers and layers of acrylic paint, which is also sanded and waxed countless times. With the use of modeling paste, smooth surfaces are disrupted by raised lines that create a dramatic effect of light and shadow. Her pure, unmodulated colors are blended with acrylics, wax, and powdered pigment to create a deep saturation.