Gallery Opening: LatchKey Gallery September 7 from 6-8pm

by Bobby Weiss
September 4, 2022

LatchKey Gallery, N.Y, N.Y., is proud to present, Image Schema, a sensory-filled experience of abstract works by Brianna Bass and Ivelisse Jiménez. Image Schema highlights the visible gaps between perception and comprehension, cognition and language—revealing the inflexibility and rigidity of our conceptual associations. Through color, texture, and pattern, Image Schema investigates abstraction beyond the boundaries of the canvas creating a phenomenological experience of color and space. Each of the artists directly engage viewers through their distinctive visual language resulting in a sensory dialogue between the observer and the work of art.

Brianna Bass’ compositions are a visual dance for the eye, manipulating our senses through color and form. Her paintings are characterized by illusions of depth and movement, resulting in sensations of expansion and continued space. The interplay of gradient colors, created via mathematical formulas cause subtle shifts which transform and manipulate the other. These vibrations disrupt the site-line creating an all-encompassing environment that visually consumes the observer. Separating Bass from her Op Art influences is the artist’s imprint of brushstrokes, which are left visible, exposing the artists movements. These impasto-like marks rise and fall, allowing for a more emotional and personal reading of the painting.

Image Schema #3, an installation by Ivelisse Jiménez, an iteration originally created for Museo de Arte Puerto Rico, are seductive portals of cascading fields of vibrant color. Her literal play with depth and space allows visitors to step into her paintings and experience the artist’s vibrant palette. Her compositional language of layered vinyl shapes wander in irregular orbits, climb surfaces, reach ceilings, and spread onto adjacent walls. The assemblages are paintings made of mixed materials, colorful layers, that seemingly defy the confines of painting to add a sculptural element to the works. Pulling us in different directions at the same time, her compositions seek to defeat the sensible self and induce an awareness of the multiple considerations by which our world might otherwise be ordered. With calculated mischief their colors, textures, shapes, patterns, and transparencies invite the viewer to a tasting of bewildering sensations, enticing them to make sense of the rhapsody of its parts.

Shifting from the color filled environments of Bass and Jiménez, their distinctive abstract languages come together to create a monochromatic space where tone and shape become the foundation of their dialogue forming an equally intense visual experience. Image Schema is a sensory induced experience allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the artists creations revealing the inflexibility and rigidity of our conceptual associations.

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