‘Caught in the Act’ is inspired by the gestural actions of modernistic painting and a connection with the drama (and pathos) of theatre and performance. The action is set against deep black areas with shapes that suggest openings through which the action takes place. A stage is referenced through the sweep of curtain-like gestures framing the action, and the curled up canvas in some of the paintings is a kind of stage. The large gestures and drips are meant to give the painting a feeling of openness to continued manipulation and also to interpretation – more process than finality. Pearl likes to play with visual puns and while very serious on one hand, she also includes an awkward sense of humour in these paintings – some more than others.
For this exhibition Terry Dame will compose an ambient soundscape in response to the themes and ideas, and the paintings.
Silence invites you to the opening reception for Pearl Van Geest on June 22 from 5:00-7:00pm. Beer, wine, coffee, and kombucha will be served. This event is free of charge.