Eva Lundsager

And Stillness is There and Then Some

Greenberg Van Doren Gallery

September 15 – October 29, 2011

Greenberg Van Doren Gallery is pleased to present And Stillness is There and Then Some, a solo exhibition of small and large-scale paintings and works on paper by artist Eva Lundsager. The exhibition will be on view from September 15th to October 29th, 2011.

Lundsager’s paintings embark on phantasmagoric journeys situated somewhere between a cerebral natural world and a depicted mind’s eye. Cosmic swathes of color and densely textured and varied abstracted imagery prove reminiscent of gaseous atmospheres and craggy, vaguely terrestrial, planetary-esque surfaces. Lundsager’s large-scale painting Glimmer presents a tight, lush plane of richly interwoven painterly flourishes concentrated at the top of the canvas that gently unwind, both in color and form, towards to bottom of the picture plane. Highlighting expressive and gestural brushwork that reverberates beyond the surface, Lundsager’s paintings explore a painterly otherworld. Explosive forms erupt amongst bold curvilinear lines while nimbus clouds of color hover above abstracted horizons. Capturing kinetic snapshots of larger reaches of controlled chaos, Lundsager’s deep hues, diverse and intricate concentrations of color and rotating compositional plane demonstrate a form of cosmic consciousness, bringing attention to the area between landscape and abstraction.

For her works on paper she dynamically layers opaque and translucent watercolor and sumi ink creating compact atmospheres filled with bursts of color, often speckled with beads of pigment. Lundsager culled the exhibition’s title from Atlantis, a poem by Jessica Baran, describing the island ultimately fated as a lost city submerged beneath the sea. The fictitious aquatic kingdom shares the same heightened mysticism as her fantastic terrains.

Eva Lundsager was born in Buffalo, NY in 1960 and lives and works in St. Louis, MO. She received her B.A. from University of Maryland and an M.F.A. from Hunter College. Lundsager was the recipient of the 2003 Penny McCall Foundation Award in Painting and a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her works are included in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, Whanki Museum, Seoul, South Korea and St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, where her painting is currently on view. Additionally, Lundsager was one of nine artists commissioned by the Public Art and Culture Program to contribute to Art Glass Screens, a permanent installation at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.