Post Road Magazine #24

Valerie Brennan: Peanut Gallery

Dünny Josafat Potter

Sea of Love (Part I), 2011, acrylic on wood, 60 x 60 x 4 cm, Courtesy of Giampietro Gallery

Valerie Brennan's artwork stems from observation distilled into raw shapes, forms, colors, and composition. This information is first materialized in small paintings on paper hung in the studio as points of refer- ence. From them, she extracts the conceptual identity that translates into the first marks on the blank wood panels.

With acrylic, gel media, and a variety of tools, she creates layers of varying transparency, consistency, and definition where the familiar and the abstract juxtapose. Each panel is an adventure in paint. Armed with her hands, brushes, and knives, she tames the paint. The images are the result of a push and play with the materials. This struggle imprints the surface with feeling. Throughout, she focuses on the physicality of the process. When she stops, the work captures a dynamic experience in medias res.

Brennan's work is a potent mix of raw energy and pure emotion, but most of all, it is filled with the possibilities of play.



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