Daly Projects celebrates divergent roster with new show

By on March 25, 2015
‘Cuscus Bones’ by Camille Davis (oil on canvas).

‘Cuscus Bones’ by Camille Davis (oil on canvas).

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Daly Projects opened about a month ago and it’s now time for Jackson to meet all of its creative components. The new show, “Diverse Works,” debuting Friday features the 11 artists owner Meg Daly represents, as well as guest artist Alissa Davies.

“This is kind of a ‘Hello, this is what we’re doing and [what we’re] about,’ show,” Daly said.

It is the gallery’s second show, but the first to feature all of Daly’s artists.

While the exhibition doesn’t have a cohesive theme, Daly explained that “it should feel fresh to people and unusual in a good way; I’m hoping there is … a liveliness and approachability to the art I show here.”

Daly’s artists range from the obviously modern, like Abbie Miller who makes massive abstract sculptures, to someone like painter Katy Ann Fox, a plein air painter whose palette contrasts in the face of more traditional landscapes. Much of the work reflects the New West, Daly said.

“There’s something about all these artists’ practice that feels contemporary rather than traditional,” she noted. “I hope it feels accessible to people and different than what they might find in other galleries.”

Works include an encaustic painting by Pamela Gibson, ink on canvas by Rebecca Mortensen, oil paintings from Camille Davis, micro-pen drawings by Kelly Halpin, acrylic paintings by Davies and Todd Kosharek, plein air oil paintings by Fox, black and white photos from Ed Lavino, a photo collage from Scotty Craighead, a media collage from Mark Dunstan and a large mixed-media drawing from Miller. Prices range from $300 to $6,000.

Meet the artists of Diverse Works:

Guest artist Alissa Davies investigates shapes and colors with paint. Her paintings convey mood, energy and levity, Daly said. Her work is playful and colorful.

Mark Dunstan’s recent mixed media work explores iconography of the West and interrupting expected narratives with strong images to create a sense of surprise or irony,” Daly said. The Jackson native works in drawings, collages, paintings, sculpture and installations.

Daly describes Katy Ann Fox as a rising star in Jackson. She paints with sure brushstrokes and captures mood, light and humor. She’s particularly adept at clouds. In her late 20s, people are often amazed by the maturity of her painting style, Daly said. Her paintings capture scenes of the contemporary rural West.

Todd Kosharek’s paintings glow. A master at capturing light, he also isn’t afraid of shadows and his brushstrokes are precise, assured and mesmerizing, Daly said. He is known for his origami crane series, his landscapes inspired by Icelandic symbolist painters and portraiture.

Working with skulls, Rebecca Mortensen’s work manages to bring an architectural sensibility to her drawings, Daly said. Her work creates juxtaposition between contemporary perspectives and decaying nature. Born in Jackson, she works in oils and inks and her subject matter – animal skulls and antlers – reflect her life growing up on a ranch near the edge of Grand Teton National Park.

Abbie Miller’s conceptual work asks the viewer to consider ideas of modernism, nomadism and interrupted landscapes,” Daly said. A fiber artist and clothing designer, Miller’s recent sculptures explore visceral and associative qualities of vinyl

Printmaker, sculptor and photographer Scotty Craighead creates mixed media collages using images he’s captured of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Daly said. His work creates imagined landscapes that explore the phenomenon of edges in nature.

Exploring mortality and fleeting moments through oil, pastels, watercolor, print and silverpoint is Camille Davis. Daly explained how whe combines impressionistic tendencies with a classic approach to composition and still life studies.

For more than 25 years Pamela Gibson has been a painter, weaver and mixed media artist. Her recent body of work focuses on encaustic paintings reflecting abstract landscapes rich in texture and symbolism.

Some of Kelly Halpin’s favorite subject matter includes surrealist takes on biology, astronomy and folklore, as well as quirky characters in everyday objects and animals, Daly said. Nature, street art, comics and animation inspire her work.

Ed Lavino’s photographs reflect his affinity for strong, independent people and unique niches in the Rocky Mountain West, Daly said. He uses large format black and white photographs to capture landscapes, still life arrangements and people.

Spray paint and stencil work care of Mike Tierney captures Wyoming landscapes, yet is informed by urban street art, Daly explained, particularly Banksy’s techniques.

“Diverse Works,” hangs at Daly Projects, 125 East Pearl Street, 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, from March 27 to April 25. 

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