Weathervane Gallery opens its new season with a sculptural installation by artist Judy Thomas. Composed of one curved line, ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a lyrical ‘painting’ in 3-dimensional space. Using simple industrial materials like PEX, vinyl, and hosiery, Thomas has transformed the gallery into a sculptural wonderland that activates the senses. Colorful tendrils unfurl and intertwine in a weird curvilinear space, suggesting a Dr. Seussian world of ribbons or musical notes.
The play of light and shadow, real and implied volume and high key color that Thomas practices in her work evokes a sense of wonder and a feeling of pure joy that speaks to all generations and revisits 20th century abstraction through a 21st century lens. Thomas’ work is informed by scientific theories of chaos and order, particle explosions, string theory and the butterfly effect - in which a small change at one point can result in large differences in a later state.
Underlying the playful nature of Judy Thomas’ work is an investigation into the formal elements of color, line and form, and scientific theories of chaos and order, particle explosions, string theory and the butterfly effect. These 3-dimensional ‘paintings’ revisit 20th century abstraction through a 21st century lens.
The pioneering, renegade spirit of the early 90's helped to shape the direction of Judy Thomas’ art, when she began to create temporary, large scale sculptural works in abandoned warehouse spaces along the waterfront in Brooklyn. Recent installations include work in The Arsenal Center for the Arts, Brandeis University and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.
Thomas won a 2015 Individual Artist Commission grant from Arts Mid-Hudson for her community-responsive piece MATRIX:RENEWAL. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Detroit News, Huffington Post and the Mid-Hudson Times. Thomas lives and works in Newburgh, NY.
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