Please join us on Saturday, February 15, from 6:00-9:00 PM for the opening reception of "Primary Impulse: New Work by Rita Cameron." The show will be up in our gallery through Saturday, March 7 (closing reception: 6-8 PM) and is available for viewing at any time during regular Surface Noise business hours. Rita is one of Louisville's most prolific and hard-working artists, and her colorful abstract canvases, by turns muted and shockingly vivid, evoke the kind of contemplative states that their creator has poured into them--the painstakingly applied layers of colors and shapes become real-time metaphors for layers of perception, layers of emotion and apprehension. A deeper look into Rita's process and creative concerns appears in the artist's statement bio produced below:"I consider myself a colorist. My work has evolved over the years, from expressionistic landscapes to spatial relationships of shape and color. Each piece emphasizing and minimizing one’s perceptions of space and shape through color overlays. I mostly work in oil, but I also work with acrylic on canvas or board. My approach with both mediums is similar. I use medium extenders to aid with color transparencies; when I work with oils, I use a blend of mineral spirits and Japan Dryer to thin and blend hues while hastening the drying process. I use a similar approach with acrylics; I use a blend of water and acrylic gel medium to thin the pigments and expedite drying time. The inclusion of an active line is another important component within my work. I emphasize what’s not there with gestural accents of charcoal, Conte pencil, or graphite; creating a ghostly yet contrary presence of space and color that is complimentary to the more dominant shapes and hues. I was formerly trained in painting and drawing at Morehead State University, where I was introduced to artist Hans Hofmann’s concept of “push and pull.” This intrigued me. I wanted to make work that created space and tension within itself, as his did. When it comes to artistic influence, I and my work are influenced by several artists and genres, from the Avant Garde to Abstract Expressionism; from Caravaggio to the visceral works of Chaim Soutine, Anselm Kiefer, Egon Schiele, and Klee to the analytical theories of Josef Albers. I am not afraid to experiment on a piece. My paintings are not precious--I push my work for the sake of discovery. I believe my work differs from others because of this level of contemplation, understanding of materials, maturity, and willingness to explore the relationships and contradictions within color."