Laurie McIntosh

“Environmental Abstractions”

November 16, 2017 – January 27, 2018

City Art in Columbia, SC is pleased to feature Laurie McIntosh's "Environmental Abstractions" November 16, 2017 – January 27, 2018. An opening reception will be held during Vista Lights, November 16, 5pm - 9pm.

Above the main drag of South Carolina’s famed Revolutionary War town turned horse racing mecca, in a light-filled, brick-walled loft, a jumble of paintings in various stages of completion are pinned to walls, resting on easels and lying on tables. To the casual observer – and even to one familiar with artists’ studios – the scene is chaotic. How can an artist work in this cabal of canvas, paint, brushes, and wood, jumbled in no particular order, with a solo exhibition looming in a few weeks?

For Camden artist Laurie McIntosh, whose abstract paintings deconstructing ordinary aspects of life and reconfiguring them into finished works, the scene is life imitating art. As she moves through her studio, she knows exactly what needs to be done before her exhibition at Columbia’s City Art Gallery. Her show, Environmental Abstraction, debuts November 16 during the annual Vista Lights arts and holiday celebration.

McIntosh explains that while her abstracts involve recognizable objects from her life that is split between the South Carolina’s Midlands and the coast – a fishing lure here, a sleeping dog there and what appears to be a piece of horse tack in another – each one is like a remnant of a dream. Fleeting images rendered in a soothing color palette stir memories and emotions, creating more questions than answers. As such, McIntosh says her work is intentionally open to interpretation.

“The objects one might recognize in my paintings are not exclusively my story. They are pieces and parts of life in the South that connect with my viewer’s memories and prompts them to put together what they see into their story. While my new works are an intimate look at my experiences, they are also personal to the viewer who sees their own stories reflected in them,” she said.

Over the course of her 35-year career in the arts, the last 23 of which have been dedicated to painting, McIntosh has participated in over 30 exhibitions of her art. Her work is also collected by both corporate and individual collectors. The City Art exhibition will be her first since relocating to Northlight Studio in Camden after seven years as a full-time resident artist at Vista Studios in Columbia.

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