Andy Burgess | Color Theory March 14 – May 31, 2017


March 18, 2017, Tucson, AZ: Etherton Gallery will present COLOR THEORY, an exhibition featuring mixed media by Kate Breakey, painting, photographs and works on paper by Andy Burgess and painting by Gail Marcus-Orlen. COLOR THEORY will be on view from March 14 through May 31, 2017 at 135 S 6th Ave in downtown Tucson. The exhibition features three Tucson artists whose use of color transforms their subjects into something utterly new. In conjunction with Color Theory, an installation of drawings by Albert Chamillard will be on view in the in-house pop-up. An artist reception will be held from 7-10 pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017. All artists will attend.

London born Andy Burgess is best known for his large-scale oil paintings of mid-century modernist architecture. For Burgess, art is a daily practice. He collects images, photographs, draws, makes collages and paints. Drawings of modern architecture, houses and pools, become small studies in gouache or oil paint and may eventually become the subjects for larger oil on canvas paintings. Color Theory features a diverse selection of his artistic output highlighting not only Burgess’s formal process but also the seductive architecture of works like Lavender House (2016), in which angled planes of bold color balance the reductive geometry of his compositions. Burgess’s reimagined desert homes invite us to inhabit them with dreams of a stylish desert haven of our own. Andy Burgess is represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London.

A disciplined studio painter who works every day, Gail Marcus-Orlen is best known for her whimsical meditations of color and light that engage with real world concerns. In recent work, she constructs metaphors about personal relationships from the examination of formal color relationships that turn on the color green, as seen in Playing Around (2016). Like Burgess, Marcus-Orlen’s signature is the skillful interplay between the formal architecture, which underpins her work and color, which is its animating force. Her newest series of oil paintings, Haiku, is a group of small paintings on wood that embrace the beauty all around us.

Color Theory features new work from Kate Breakey’s series Golden Stardust, which operates at the intersection of poetry and science, revealing her fascination with the origins of gold. While most of us think of gold as an element extracted from the ground today, the Earth’s gold was in fact created by the collision of stars millions of years ago. Breakey transforms aspects of every day life — a milk pitcher used for morning coffee, a moonrise over the Sonoran desert or the curves of a woman’s body – into images of great delicacy by backing her photographs on glass in 24 karat gold leaf and highlighting them in vintage style frames. Shown in small and large groupings, each work offers a new delight, a new vista to contemplate.