Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of, Nymphaeum: New Paintings
by Kim Squaglia. A
reception for the artist will be held Saturday, May 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition
Saturday, July 2nd.
When asked about this body of work, Squaglia suggests, Nymphaeum evokes in my
mind a place of solace, mystery
and diversion. Ancient Greek and Roman Nymphaeums were grottos or architectural spaces filled
flowers, fountains and paintings. My personal version contains a group of paintings, which are abstract,
reference the botanical, the aquatic and the musical. One of my intentions is to create the illusion
of movement and an
impression of cavern-like depth. Dense, microscopic lives in a swamp, deep ocean trenches, or nebulous
are some of my inspirations.
Squaglias meticulous and labored technique consists of multiple layers of delicately
painted patterns and microscopic
structures layered between coats of resin. In some cases, the resin is clear and glossy, like hard candy.
In others, it's
sanded and cloudy, creating a dreamier quality.
In 2005 David Pagel, art critic for the Los Angeles Times, organized an exhibition
the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston focusing on the point of intersection
between populism and opulence - or accessibility and luxury. The exhibition,
POPulance, included work by Polly Apfelbaum, Gajin Fujita, Rachel Hecker, Jeff Koons,
Beatriz Milhazes, Takashi Murakami, Lari Pittman, Marcelo Pombo, David Reed, Kim
Squaglia, and Fred Tomaselli among others. The exhibition traveled to the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Cleveland and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in
Ms. Squaglia’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Crocker Museum
of Art in Sacramento, The Progressive Insurance Collection in Cleveland, The Neiman
Marcus Collection (San Francisco, San Antonio and Atlanta), The Microsoft Collection
in Seattle, Capitol One Bank Collection in Houston, and Focus-Abengoa Collection in
Seville, Spain. Her work has been written about in various publications including
Voices of Art Magazine, San Antonio Current, and Art Lies – Texas Art Journal.
Kim Squaglia received her BFA from California State University at Chico in 1996 and
her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2000. In 2001, she received
an Artpace Travel Grant and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting
and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She currently lives and works in Sacramento.
Holly Johnson Gallery is located at 1411 Dragon Street. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.
p.m., Tuesday - Saturday. The gallery is a member of Contemporary Art Dealers of
Dallas. For information call 214-369-0169, or visit www.hollyjohnsongallery.com