The process of painting inspires Blair Vaughn-Gruler, who shows her latest work at her gallery GVG Contemporary in a show titled “Compulsive Organization.”
“My practice is built around process: mark making, repetition, accumulation, erasure and the viscosity of the paint itself,” says Vaughn-Gruler, whose show opens on July 21 and runs through August 18. “I’m also concerned with my physical relationship to paint, including the motions inherent in the process of mark making. Sometimes I feel as if I am putting a giant puzzle together.”
The show’s title refers to the sense of order that Vaughn-Gruler personally experiences and communicates through her oil on canvas and oil and mixed media on clayboard paintings created with a subdued palette featuring a wide range of whites, grays and other subtle hand-mixed colors.
“I aim for a unified image by building a flat surface,” she explains. “All marks are equal. I’m not interested in creating visual illusions or narratives. I enjoy big, immersive environments.”
A few of the pieces in the show are from Vaughn-Gruler’s “Shingle” series. These light and humorous works, which elevate common things we might throw away, are made with hand cut pieces of wood and other objects-such as used iPhone boxes and paper towel rolls- and covered with multiple layers of paint.
Vaughn-Gruler, who earned a BFA in painting from Northern Michigan University and an MFA in visual art from Vermont College of Fine Arts, moved from Sedona, Arizona to Santa Fe with her husband, artist Ernst Gruler. The couple opened GVG Contemporary in 2009 as an expression of their shared artistic vision.