December 13, 2007 – February 2, 2008
Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “Evolutionary Soup”, by Kirsten Stolle. Through etched marks into waxed layers and rich built-up surfaces of oils, inks and Asian paper, Stolle references her printmaking past. Diana Daniels, Asst. Curator Crocker Art Museum writes. “Stolle found in wax and oil stick the means to imbue surface with the presence of painting while continuing to privilege her expression with line.” In these mixed media paintings, Stolle has developed a balance between exaggerated forms and white negative space surrounding them.
This series evolved during Stolle’s residency in Portland, OR at the Oregon College of Art and Crafts. Daily runs in the local parks became inspiration for the overall grounded and meandering forms in the paintings. Descriptive lines and contour shapes of trail maps became the jumping off point to expand her mark-making repertoire. The paintings began to emerge through her process of layering and reworking, alternating layers of gouache and ink with graphite, collage and wax. With these organic forms, Stolle achieves an unmitigated balance between chance and control.
Since starting the series, Stolle has expanded her reference material to include 16th century European city maps, ski trail diagrams, regional Bay Area maps, and the tufted hills of her San Francisco neighborhood.
Kirsten Stolle received her BA from Framingham State College in 1989 and studied at Kensington College, London, England and Massachusetts College of Art. Stolle’s work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art as well several corporate collections. Stolle has also been included in New American Paintings. Recent residencies include Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain, NY; Anderson Center for the Arts, Red Wing, MN and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR. This is Stolle’s second solo exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.