Life in Color: Kari Rives and Doug Gillis

Life in Color: Sculptural works in glass, ceramic

On Friday, October 4th, 2019, Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 622 Canyon Road, will present the exquisitely crafted and imaginative works of glass by Doug Gillis and ceramic animals by Kari Rives. Gillis and Rives will be present at the reception, and will hold live demonstrations at the gallery the following day, Saturday the 5th, from 11 to 3.

These two use color in complex and interesting ways; Doug Gillis's glass pieces use layers of colored glass for a soft, spectral effect, Kari Rives glazes her animals again and again to create layers of glaze which interact in unexpected and beautiful ways. This show promises incredibly detailed, one-of-a-kind works by both artists.

Educated in Boston, Kari Rives began her career as an expressionist painter, and she has not forgotten these roots even as she concentrates on sculpture. Her animal figures retain a painterly feel through the softness of her touch on the clay, and through the many layers of glaze she applies. We invite you to experience for yourself the richness of their expression and personality.

Doug Gillis’s contemporary wall pieces are made of many layers of colored glass, often sandwiching unexpected and experimental materials such as aluminum foil, wire mesh, and even organic material. These materials react to the heat and the glass in interesting, often spectacular ways. Like Rives, Gillis has a strong relationship with color, sometimes employing bold color-blocking techniques, sometimes subtler layers interspersed with clear glass. These pleasing and masterful pieces are presented on simple silver backs to reveal the way they interact with the light.

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