The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
GRADATIONS OF SUMI INK
& MIXED MEDIA
Paintings by Chiyomi Taneike Longo
May 16—June 22, 2008
Chiyomi Taneike Longo will present a selection of her most recent mixed media paintings titled Kaicho (gradation) of Sumi Ink at Quicksilver beginning May 16th.
"Elegant, precisely described patterning can intersect with fields of gritty texture and rough-hewn gesture; and in the fluid context of Longo’s normal textures and compositions the intersections can seem rather jarring—although their dissonance ultimately resolves into a graceful, if not quite settled optical chord. Such open resolution allows a poignancy to permeate these compositions; their balance is more beautiful because its poise has not reached perfection."
—Peter Frank, 2007
"This series reflects my deep rooted affinity for the color of sumi. For some time I have found myself limiting my palette more and more, each work drawing ever closer to the works of the Japanese sumi artists," says Longo.
For this show, and in perhaps somewhat of a departure from her more painterly pieces, Longo has incorporated unplanned and unintentional sumi ink patterns on various papers layered onto newspaper and canvas. Yet, simultaneously, these pieces also represent an artistic continuum, a thread spun from her previous work and continuing along a path created by her process of ongoing discovery.
Chiyomi Longo returned to art school later in her life, receiving her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. Recent solo exhibitions include the Cervini-Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; Inja, and the Evolving Art Gallery, both in San Francisco; and Marion Meyer Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach. In addition to The Quicksilver Mine Co, she is also represented in Sonoma County by The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay.
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A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday May 17th from 4—6pm.