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Formal Abstraction Paintings by Adriana Villagran

Adriana Villagran is a visual artist based in San Francisco, CA. She studied fine art with a focus in mixed media sculpture and installation and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 2012. She picked up painting toward the end of her undergraduate studies, learning not only from the coursework and faculty but also from sharing space with her peers in the Honors Studio program. Since then she has been working to develop her individual artistic voice and practice and has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. 


My current body of work is a series of formal abstractions that explore and embellish moments of visual reverberation. For example, the place where contrasting colors meet and create an optical dissonance or the liminal space between forms that simultaneously cultivates tension and attraction. The forms within each frame act as vessels containing playful, energetic marks and colors, intermingling and informing one another in conversation. In the process of making them, my intention is to manufacture a vibrational quality with each piece, a wiggliness that makes it seem like a living thing.

My process involves sketching out simple shapes and interweaving them within a frame, drawing a myriad of small compositions and returning to the ones that resonate the most. I then flesh out the shapes and lines with color and texture; a process that is quite iterative and inspired by textures sourced from my quotidian environment. I make a daily practice of documenting and archiving patterns and humble tableaus that catch my eye in the moment so I can return to them for later use. This can be something as simple as a scuff mark on a curb or a dirt path through overgrown grass. It is especially invigorating to try to recreate and elevate mundane moments like these, capturing not only the visual aesthetic but also traces of place, memory, and feeling.


Parker G. Palenik 

I am constantly discovering fascinating colors, forms, and textures that speak to me as an abstract artist. I avoid representational imagery to give myself the greatest opportunity for improvisation and to give the viewer the greatest opportunity for interpretation. For me, each painting or sculpture has a feeling that I associate with it, but I don’t try to consciously draw a feeling, rather I try to let my hand work automatically as I sketch out forms. When I see something that resonates with me, I develop the image, re-drawing it several times, until I have a clearly formed visual idea. These sketches are then typically used to form a finished work or the foundation of a body of works. 

I expect the viewer's interpretation to be formed around their own memories and experiences. I hope the viewer can also find their own feelings for the work. Even though the forms are non-representational I am very comfortable with people saying “ it looks like a boat” or “a dragon.” To make connections! To see and understand the relationship between things or people is one of the highest forms of thinking we can do. Abstract art can teach us about how this thought process works and gets down to the origins of how we acquired this skill. As an artist, I understand that each viewer is asking themselves one of the most difficult questions humans have learned to answer "What does it say to me?"