Laura Rathe Fine Art presents Janna Watson: "Float" opening reception

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Janna Watson: "Float" opening reception
Photo courtesy of Laura Rathe Fine Art

Laura Rathe Fine Art presents "Float," a solo exhibition of new artwork by highly sought-after artist, Janna Watson.

Canadian painter Watson uses abstraction as both an escape from and a return to the real. As the world we know dematerializes into paint strokes, so too does her paint take the stage as its very own character in a multi-act drama of composition. Bundles of color, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment - what Watson refers to as “moments” - are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication.

Sweeps of paint redirect sharply and fold over themselves; thin, rigid ink lines cut into the pictorial field as rudimentary elements in an increasingly complex system of painterly language. All the components play out on a surface of slow, chromatic gradation. Like many of Watson’s players, these backdrops tenderly gesture toward the familiar, stopping just short of representation.

The result is a conceptual project (and distinct, stylistic signature) that speaks to a contemporary milieu in which abstract painting is not the retreat of meaning into an unrecognizable realm but rather the emergence of the medium as a “figure” in its self-inscribed world of feeling and being. Watson does more than reveal paint’s potential to emote - she gives it a space to reveal itself in its own time.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until June 13.

Event Details



Laura Rathe Fine Art
4444 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027

Ticket Info

Admission is free.