Pierre Bergian
Homage to Robert Adam, 2015
Pencil and oil paint on paper
16 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Pierre Bergian
Dorchester House London, 2015
Oil on panel
23 1/4 x 25 1/2 inches

Pierre Bergian
Only Light and Shadow, 2015
Pencil and oil paint on paper
16 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches
 

Pierre Bergian
Lumiére du jour
Oil on panel
24 x 20 3/4 inches

Pierre Bergian
The Disappearance of Treasure, Lansdowne House (London), 2015
Pencil and oil paint on paper
16 1/2 x 23 inches

Pierre Bergian
Late Afternoon
Oil on panel
18 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches

Pierre Bergian
The Temple, 2015
Pencil and oil paint on paper
20 x 26 inches

Pierre Bergian
Untitled (mountain), 2015
Pencil and oil paint on paper
19 3/4 x 26 inches

Alex Hernández Dueñas
Confort Pattern 087, 2015
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 35 1/2 inches
 

Alex Hernández Dueñas
Confort Pattern 088, 2015
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches
 

Alex Hernández Dueñas
Confort Pattern 089, 2015
Oil on canvas
67 x 51 inches
 

Martha Hughes
Scene 67
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Martha Hughes

Scene 49, 2012

Acrylic on canvas

72 x 72 inches

Martha Hughes

Scene 93, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

12 x 12 inches

Martha Hughes
Setup 6, 2014
Acrylic on panel
26 x 26 inches (8 x 8 inches each)

Kathryn Keller
Embracing Blue, 2016
Oil on paper
15 x 11 inches

Kathryn Keller
Spring Morning, 2015
Oil on paper
22 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches

Kathryn Keller
A Live Oak Growing, 2015
Oil on paper
22 1/2 x 29 1/4 inches

Kathryn Keller
Betty's House, 2016
Oil on paper
15 x 11 inches

Kathryn Keller
Bleak House Living Room, 2014
Watercolor on paper
21 x 18 3/4 inches

Kathryn Keller
Living Room Fire, 2015
Watercolor on paper
17 x 21 inches

Kathryn Keller
Table and Chairs, 2015
Watercolor on paper
16 x 19 inches
 

Kathryn Keller
She prefers Baths, 2015
Watercolor on paper
16 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

Kathryn Keller
Farm Truck, 2015
Watercolor on paper
14 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches

Kathryn Keller
Bleakhouse Kitchen, 2011
Watercolor on paper
18 1/8 x 17 5/8 inches

Kathryn Keller
Chaise Cedar Tree, 2011
Watercolor on paper
19 9/16 x 18 1/16 inches

Kathryn Keller
French Chair, 2011
Watercolor on paper
18 9/16 x 15 9/16 inches

Grover Mouton
XiaoZhaZhen Tower, Shanghai 1
Xerox, graphite, and colored pencil
19 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches, framed

Grover Mouton
XiaoZhaZhen Street Scene, Shanghai
Xerox, graphite, and colored pencil
19 3/8 x 17 5/8 inches, framed

Grover Mouton
United States Capitol in Space, Pink,  2014
Xerox, colored pencil, oil stick and graphite on paper
29 x 23 inches

Grover Mouton
Wall Street Descending, 2014
Xerox, colored pencil, oil stick and graphite on paper
29 x 23 inches

Grover Mouton
Stock Exchange, Pink, 2014
Collage, oil stick and graphite on paper
29 x 23 inches

Grover Mouton
Master Plan Study, Monroe
Xerox, graphite, and colored pencil
26 1/2 x 24 inches, framed

Grover Mouton
Medical Center Master Plan, New Orleans 1
Xerox, graphite, and colored pencil
27 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches, framed

Grover Mouton
Medical Center Master Plan, New Orleans 2
Xerox, graphite, and colored pencil
27 5/8 x 24 inches, framed

A Glimpse Within

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans

July 9 – 30, 2016

Opening reception: July 9, 6-8pm

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present A Glimpse Within, a group exhibition featuring works by artists Pierre Bergian, Alex Hernández Dueñas, Martha Hughes, Kathryn Keller, and Grover Mouton.

The artists included in the exhibition explore internal and external spaces in their work.  Whether focusing on architectural elements, pastoral landscapes or voyeuristic glimpses into private and sacred spaces, the viewer is not only a visitor but is called to participate in completing the work through connecting with the image.

The paintings and drawings of Pierre Bergian investigate space and structure and make use of the presence of architectural components. Bergian's work looks at rooms and spaces that are often almost empty, bar a small selection of furnishings and objects. The artist is intrigued by the many old, abandoned houses he encountered as a child that were shrouded in an air of the mysterious. In his created spaces, Bergian often includes works hanging on walls, depicted with little detail to insure the viewer “is focused on the composition and presence of his work rather than what is displayed within the scene.”

In the works of the Cuban artist Alex Hernández Dueñas, the viewer is met with the Cuban dream of Miami as a Hollywood set: swimming pools abound and perfectly manicured lawns surround clean, modern houses with constant sunshine. In this sense, he appeals to concepts like comfort, status, luxury, and prosperity. In the spirit of David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn and Alex Katz, the use of flat and shiny colors has simplified his compositions. The atmosphere becomes rarified: surreal and unusual, it disorients the viewer and alludes to that space in dreams where the expectations and desires of a human group are expressed.

Martha Hughes uses a saturated and intense color palette coupled with unusual perspectives to create bold, playful and pared down architectural landscapes. At first glance, Hughes’ intimate paintings appear to be flat, geometric abstractions, yet slowly reveal themselves as studies in representing spatial dimensions of architectural settings. Hughes often finds inspiration from glossy interior design and architectural magazines, with their carefully staged photographs of impossibly pristine and impossibly beautiful houses, gardens and pools.

Louisiana based artist Kathryn Keller’s interiors and landscapes are done from a plein-air style. She uses both watercolor and oil to capture what she sees in front of her, which gives the viewer a private window into her world.  Much of the exterior spaces focus on the soulful, secluded, rural countryside of Alexandria, Louisiana, while her interior work focuses more on the hidden magic that exists in traditional southern houses throughout Louisiana and North Carolina. As Santa Fe art critic Marina La Palma touches on when talking about Kathryn's works, “Their impressionistic quality reflects how, in our own living environments, individual items recede or stand out in idiosyncratic ways based on our habits, expectations, and preoccupations.” [1]

Architect and artist Grover Mouton brings utilizes hand drawings to illustrate urban design proposals. Acting as a catalyst to explore design concepts, Mouton's works on paper demonstrate a humanized scale in understanding larger urban design and architectural concepts. His work explores urban density, walkability and scale in the built environment, while expressing a real sense of place.

 

[1] LaPalma, Marina, Kathryn Keller, Paintings in oil and watercolor, exhibition catalog.