FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7 28, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6 9pm
326 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Peter Blake
(949) 376-9994, fax (949) 376-3471
Hours: Sunday Wednesday, 11am 4pm; Thursday Saturday, 11am 9pm
Jimi Gleason, “The Key”, 2006, Acrylic on Canvas, 18 x 15 inches.
The Peter Blake Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of recent abstract paintings by Jimi Gleason. Gleason has been exhibiting bold, reductive abstract pieces since the mid-80's and has changed the face of contemporary minimalism. Each work reveals a high level of technical precision. He meticulously drags numerous gossamer layers of pearlescent acrylic paint down and across the canvas. In certain spots the paint is allowed to pool or smear, creating an emulsive effect that grounds the painting in physical space. Yet each piece has a great deal of momentum, and there is always the feeling that the work is in constant flux.
Gleason’s color field images are painted with an assertive, luminous palette in a refractive medium. One of the most notable aspects of the works is the complex way in which the viewer is drawn to actively participate with each piece. Colors, textures, tones and subtleties emerge, meld and shift as light and viewer perspective change. Each painting is never the same from one moment to another. The effect is enigmatic, ethereal and emotionally resonant. The artist feels that his paintings are physical responses to motion, that each is "a frozen moment for those who wish to ponder the visual riddle I offer them."