Marsha Solomon’s From Rhythm to Form:
Ethereal, Evocative Abstractions

Throughout the course of history, art has served many purposes. Documentary, promotional, devotional, public and private communication and reflection are some of art’s roles. Just as important, but harder to find in the contemporary art world, is the function of art as a sanctuary.

From Rhythm to Form Marsha Solomon’s lyrical, evocative abstractions brings viewers to a place in time and space of stillness, reflection and even joy. Solomon is an accomplished New York artist whose work has been widely exhibited from SoHo to Madison Avenue, to East Hampton. Through April 1st, you can see her large acrylic paintings at Able Fine Art NY Gallery. It’s her second show at the gallery, and it’s stunning.

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Solomon’s paintings hearken back to early Abstract Expressionism, recalling works by Frankenthaler, Motherwell and Morris Louis. Like Frankenthaler and Louis, Solomon pours thinned paint directly onto the canvas. Like Motherwell, she utilizes thick, gestural strokes to create dynamic energy. Putting them together, the effect Solomon achieves is unique. Light, ethereal pools of color swim and dance in feathery wisps like clouds. Around them, she applies strong, heavy strokes of paint, contrasting tones and textures. They result is finely crafted, deliberate compositions filled with harmony and serenity, but also with energy.

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In “Sonata for the Sun Setting” a red-orange center melts into diffuse blue only to be surrounded or corralled by heavy blue strokes with traces of gold peeking through. The interplay of thick and thin, spontaneous and deliberate, light and dark creates a complex work that invites careful viewing. “Nocturne” brings soft oranges together with dense black and brown, highlighted with puddles of pure white. It exudes a comforting elegance and quietude. “Celebration,” an acrylic on paper with drawing, captures and reconfigures the tones of a sunrise.

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In “Spacial Harmonies” a blue and black pool rests amidst blazes of red and yellow. Solomon states that the inspiration for the central tones were ice caves, and she played off the cool tones with fiery bursts and lines. All the work in “From Rhythm to Form” recalls forms of nature, as Solomon works in primarily earth tones and colors found in her environment.

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“The crucial thing in abstraction,” Solomon states, “at least in my own, is that there must be form.” Solomon carefully constructs balanced round forms within the confines of a square shape. “In relating these circular motifs to the rectangular format, I am involved in how the spacial effect of colors, their placement and sequence, lets the painting breathe and transforms it into an imaginary space where the power of suggestion resides in the expressive capacity of color and form.”

The expressive capacity of Solomon’s paintings is best experienced in person. The large paintings fill the field of vision. The forms often recall tunnels or caves, that hold within them hidden gems of color. Unlike much abstract painting, Solomon’s work carries a real feeling of depth. She invites the viewer to enter the imaginary space she creates and bring his or her own emotion, creativity and imagination.

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“From Rhythm to Form,” the exquisite show of Marsha Solomon’s paintings at Able Fine Art NY Gallery offers a chance to experience works of art whose main purpose is capturing, expressing and sharing beauty. While art can do and be many things, pure beauty and refreshing the spirit through the eyes is certainly one of the finest.

Able Fine Art NY Gallery
511 West 25th Street, #607
Chelsea, NY 10001
March 12th – April 1st, 2015

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Marsha Solomon
Sonata with the Sun Setting
42 x 50 in., 106 x 127 cm.
Acrylic on Canvas

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Marsha Solomon
Resonance
42 x 50 in., 106 x 127 cm.
Acrylic on Canvas

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Marsha Solomon
Nocturne
42 x 50 in., 106 x 127 cm.
Acrylic on Canvas

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Marsha Solomon
Celebration
22 x 30 in., 56 x 76 cm.
Acrylic on Arches Paper

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Marsha Solomon
Spacial Harmonies
20 x 16 in., 51 x 41 cm.
Acrylic on Canvas

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Marsha Solomon
Rhythms For Sienna and Black
22 x 30 in., 56 x 76 cm.
Acrylic on Arches Paper