Gallery Opening: Field Notes
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Gallery Opening: Field Notes

05/11/2018
Main Gallery

DANIELLE CLOUSE GAST

May 11 - July 28, 2018

MAIN GALLERY

Growing up and living in Northwest Iowa, routes to and from different towns have been memorized and have only seemed to slightly change over the years.

The landscape has become the welcome constant in my daily life when driving place to place. But on many occasions, when the intention is to truly “see” the landscape (still often from the car window), beautiful, abstract things can be found that are not that far removed from what is truly there.

What do I look at? Shadows running down a ditch. Fence posts creating not only borders, but lines reaching up into a horizon. Corrugated metal siding on a building that has turned a warm rust orange. Wonderfully organized grove lines and plant rows whose placed structure en mass pulls away from its individual organic shape. The same routes, the same landscapes, viewed at different times of day and different times of year.

New to the body of work within the last few years has been the inclusion of a husband with a pilot’s license – allowing a new view of this landscape I thought I knew well. This new perspective on the area has opened up doors of new compositions, color possibilities, and most importantly, emphasized the style I usually employ in my paintings: organized, geometric lines and breakdown of the familiar landscape.

Though often ignored and occasionally referenced in conversation by local landmarks, this section of Iowa landscape is the classic subject matter I have chosen to employ in my work. Due to this focus, venturing from small town to small town usually lends itself more to research than travel.

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