Francie Lyshak: Virtual Solo Exhibition

15 August 2021 - 31 March 2022
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Overview

Francie Lyshak's textured oils are discrete objects in and of themselves. The glowing pigment fields in Lyshak's canvases, scraped with sculptural marks, create a surface relief that interacts with the ambient light. Dominique Nahas observes " These surfaces are replete with strength, subtlety and nuance...takes into consideration experiential and psychical experiences that converge in the mind’s eye as a pre-verbal type of consciousness."

Francie Lyshak is dedicated to making nuanced monochromatic oil paintings with surface-tension exacerbated by raised and indented paint as well as planting, so to speak, unanticipated details that delight the eye. The artworks' strong haptic energies are hidden in plain sight. The working of the paint surfaces is subtle and nearly undetectable at a distance until the viewer moves back and forth, inducing the eye to observe the paintings' manipulated surfaces through a raked visual angle. Interacting with the ambient light, these surfaces are replete with strength, subtlety and nuance. Francie Lyshak's "adventures of light and color" takes in to consideration experiential and psychical
experiences that converge in the mind's eye as a pre-verbal type of consciousness. The artist scrapes and digs at the paint with tools that circumvent the exclusive use of brushes. Using palette knives and scrapers to indent and pick at the pictorial planes, Lyshak treats the paint layer as an epidermis. Her mark making impulses serve to suggest ritual scarification that are worlds apart from merely decorative principles. These artworks, with their tactile energies laid bare through their carvings, scratches, and occassional ascemic writings, have an intense under-the-surface quality that appear to simmer and boil, reflecting disquiet states of mind.

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