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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 23, 2024


March 25, 2002 – A showing of experimental ceramic sculpture by Mark Hansen that incorporates digitally enhanced photography and of recent oils by Kimberly Boulon will open April 5 at Bajo el Sol Gallery in the Mongoose Junction shopping complex.
The artists, both longtime St. John residents, will be on hand to meet the public and discuss their work at the opening wine and cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
Hanson "continues to explore different mediums. This time, his art finds expression in the unity of photography and ceramic sculpture," a release from the gallery states.
The owner of a woodworking business, Hansen has continued to draw on his fine-art schooling. A printmaking graduate of the State University of New York at Stonybrook, he spent three years at the Universal Limited Art Editions studio where such luminaries as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol printed their works. A longtime member of the St. John life drawing group, he has exhibited his oil paintings and pencil drawings on island.
Last year, he showed figure studies in clay. Now, he has expanded on the use of the human figure and incorporated his own photographic nudes into three-dimensional ceramic forms. "Even surprising to himself," the release states, "his art has entered the computer age."
Working with computer-enhanced digital photographs of the male and female form, Hansen now has found a process for transferring those images into kiln-fired sculptures. "The work is highly experimental and interesting, as well as beautiful," the release states.
Boulon's work is regularly represented at Bajo el Sol. "My drawings and paintings are a reflection of my emotional response to an idea or subject — the universal and the poetic — pulling from past experiences and present revelations," she says. "In this show, I am using both figures and landscapes in oil to express mood and atmosphere."
In her paintings, Boulon says, "the material must serve my motif, or it will not survive in my work, be it narrative or seemingly just a landscape." She explains that before she begins to paint a picture, "except when purely experimenting," she first asks herself "why I am painting it — what I hope to achieve — and then, what I am going to do to achieve it."
The answers, she says, will determine what medium she works in and such factors as shapes, colors, dominant values, color temperature and textures. "The goal is to stay faithful to my perception of my idea, whether it be a scene before me or an image from my memory or imagination," she adds. "As I am painting, my perception may change for the better. I stay open to that possibility."
The exhibition will be up through the end of April. Bajo el Sol is located in Mongoose II. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 693-7070.

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