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Ordinary to Extraordinary - Paintings by Sandy Marvin and Patricia Rucker

  • SYNC Gallery 931 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO, 80204 United States (map)

Sync Gallery's Third Friday artists' reception will be held on September 20 from 6-9 p.m., and First Friday Art Walk on October 4 from 6-9 p.m.; Exhibition runs September 19 through October 12, 2019.

SYNC Gallery presents Ordinary to Extraordinary with Sandy Marvin and Patricia Rucker

The paintings of Sandy Marvin and Patricia Rucker transform the ordinary of the everyday into extraordinary artistic expression. Sandy’s Odes to Common Things and Patricia’s The Lively Landscape are internal personal responses to the external world. They translate the artists’ emotions and inspirations into the poetry of shape and color, line and gesture.

Sandy Marvin Exhibition Statement

Odes to Common Things: The inspiration for this exhibition of paintings relates to a favorite collection of poems by Pablo Neruda, “Odes to Common Things”. In his poem, “Odes to Things”, Neruda begins, “I have a crazy, crazy love of things. I love pliers, and scissors. I love cups, rings, and bowls - not to speak, of course, of hats.”

This series of pastel paintings expresses the artist’s delight in favorite things - some for the looking at, some the touch, some the use. For some, it is purely shape that fascinates, regardless of purpose. For others it is the perfect consonance of form and function, often the result of long evolution over generations which has resulted in their natural beauty. In some cases, Marvin just finds the objects amusing.

Patricia Rucker Exhibition Statement

The Lively Landscape: Look into the stains of walls, or the ashes of fire, or clouds or mud or like places, in which, if you consider them well, you may find really marvelous ideas. The mind of the painter is stimulated to new discoveries; because, by indistinct things, the mind is stimulated to new invention. – Leonardo da Vinci

Human beings tend to assemble images because of pareidolia, a type of apophenia, involving the perception of images or sounds in random stimuli. The whole world sees “The Man in the Moon”. My paintings begin with a monoprinting process similar to creating inkblots. During the process of folding, and printing on the TerraSkin surface, I have been able to manipulate acrylic paint to create presumptive impressions . . . images that are ALIVE and open to interpretation.

Gallery Hours: Thurs 1-4 p.m.; First and Third Fridays 6-9 p.m.; Other Fridays 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays 12-4 p.m.; By Appt.