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Raul de la Torre

I first began to make cuts with a razor 15 years ago, shortly after reading an interview with Catalan artist, Joan Miro. In it, he said: “I want to assassinate painting.” That started the process and, from there, I created a series of works on canvas that involved large cuts on canvas filled with materials such as cardboard, old-t-shirts and paper. Six years ago, I decided to explore the combination of color and destruction of the working surface, and that was the beginning of “THREADS AND COLORS – FILS I COLORS.” In FILS I COLORS, I always start by working with paint, make cuts on the paper or canvas, and then fill those gaps by embroidering with cotton thread. This adds textures to the work, and is an attempt to find life and movement, and to a create a more dynamic surface. The embroidery is meant to represent those experiences as a part of our DNA. It is also essential that the different combinations of colors represent emotions and interpretations for each individual interacting with the works. I like to make people think. For the most part, people are hooked all day to a screen that is telling them what to do, what to watch, what to buy, etc. I want to make them think, feel, talk. For me, each work of the series represents many things: moods, people, moments, life experiences. I can remember the moment each was made and why I chose the particular colors I did. You have to feel what it represents for you.

Max-Steven Grossman

In his photographic series of "Bookscapes" the assembled libraries only exist in his photographs. From photos of different bookshelves, he reorganizes them into a creative digital composition of a new thematic "Bookscape". The relationship each viewer experiences is almost immediately personal depending on the theme of the particular assembled library and the viewers relationship to that theme. Some examples of "Bookscape" themes are Hollywood, Rock and Roll, Fashion, Architecture, Art, etc. His series "Seascapes" uses the same beach background, juxtaposed with another photograph to create a totally different physiological affect on the viewer. Some of the beaches have a semi truck located on them while others may have delapidated buildings. Some of the elements like the semi truck contain Grossman's other personal photographs such as the "Bookscapes" integrated into them. The final product is a photograph that makes us believe in something that would naturally be preserved as unlikely or impossible to be comprehended to be perfectly normal. It creates an escape from our realities.

Jamie Kirkland

My work is about creating a feeling of deep calm, soft stillness, expansive space and tranquility, a sense of equanimity, a secret to take rest. The process is one of transmuting paint into lyrical expressions of color and mood. I see color and composition as my primary modes of communication. My studio in Santa Fe looks out to the Sangre de Christo Mountains; recently I have been exploring the shapes of clouds in all of their many moods, bathed in rose reflected sunset light as well as the lavenders and deep blues of dusk I am interested in simplifying the landscape forms of ground plane, sky plane and horizon line to achieve a sense poetic abstraction.

Maura Segal

Maura Segal lives and has a studio in Los Angeles, California. Segal creates abstract, multi-layered artworks from papers and acrylic paint. She is deeply inspired by the Los Angeles landscape and lifestyle, from the sun-drenched plants to the bustling network of intertwining urban roads and intersections. She feels a relationship between these coexisting elements reflected in the juxtaposition of dense, geometric paper forms and the free, expressive and rhythmic lines. Her works reside at the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, in Los Angeles, DC JW Marriott, Presidential Suites, Washington D.C.,the Albamarie facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Hotel at Avalon, Alpharetta, Georgia and private collections across the United States.