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On the cover (cropped): Applause, 2014 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in. Â


DIANE AYOTT Jeepers Creepers March 19 – April 18, 2015


Jeepers, 2015 Mixed media on paper 20 x 19 1/2 in.  


March Musing, 2015 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.   


Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to present Jeepers Creepers, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings and works on paper by Diane Ayott. A compulsive layering of patterns dominates Ayott’s work, created with dots, dashes, lines, slashes, circles, ovals and loops. She uses anything on hand to stamp out a layer of marks, such as plastic bottle caps or a lid to jar, rolling, scraping, brushing and squeezing paint into various layers. The accrual of repetitive marks creates a dense quilt of patterns that weave in and out of each other. Eventually, a skewed image grows organically from her process of loose patterning. She shifts between balance and distortion, remaining conscious of space, volume, texture and other formal elements. In her recent work, Ayott has intensified the combinations of colors she employs, creating more spatial depth within her images. The incorporation of bright, vibrating colors shimmer in space, enhancing both the power and playfulness of the work. Combining such saturated colors with the sensuality of her detailed layering activates the surface with a buzzing, charismatic energy. A crucial part of Ayott's studio practice is spent with a notebook and a dictionary. She uses titles to hint at narrative and describe mood. There is a sense that the work is both serious and curious, expressing the emotional and logical qualities of accumulating thoughts while fleshing out the meaning by way of repetition. As viewers we read layers as the overall color palette, and then closer up, small bits of distinct information reveal themselves; we get lost in visually picking apart each distinct pattern and color, discovering the pieces that created the whole.


Eugene's House, 2015 Mixed media on paper 24 x 21 in.   


Mermaid Calls, 2015 Mixed media on paper 24 x 20 in.   


Snow in Summer, 2015 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.  


What Time Is It?, 2015 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.  


After Affects, 2014 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.  


Applause, 2014 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.   


Happy Limbo, 2014 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.   


Summer Dreams, 2014 Mixed media on paper 20 x 20 in.  


Winner Loser, 2014 Mixed media on paper 14 ½ x 23 in.  


Solo Exhibitions Diane Ayott: Jeepers Creepers Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY 2015 Curated by Kathryn Markel, Owner and Debra Marcoux, Gallery Director BEYOND MEASURE: Paintings by Diane Ayott, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, 2010–2011 Curated by Bruce Herman, Gallery Director Diane Ayott Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA Curated by Gallery Director, Carol Rabe, 2011 Diction: New Work by Diane Ayott, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY 2010 Curated by Kathryn Markel, owner and Debra Marcoux, Gallery Manager Diane Ayott: Upstream, Carol Schlossberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA 2009 Curated by Gallery Director, Leonie Bradbury Complexity: Paintings by Diane Ayott, Wheelock College, Boston, MA 2008 Curated by Gallery Director, Erica Licea-Kane Moment to Moment, New England Currents, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA 2006 Curated by Katherine French, Museum Director Defining Surface, Hall Space, Boston, MA 2005 Curated by John Colon, Gallery Director and Owner Selected Group Exhibitions The Physicality of Color, Art Museum, University of Durham,Durham, NH, 2015 Curated by Museum Director, Kristina Durocher Works on Paper, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottsville, VA, 2015 Curated by Barbara Buhr, Gallery Director Consequences of Geometry, McCoy Gallery, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, 2008 Curated by David Raymond Consequences of Geometry, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, 2007–08 Curated by Craig Bloodgood, Gallery Director Abstract & Geometric, Woman Made, Chicago, IL, 2007 Curated by Julie Karabenick


Reviews Susan Mulski, DIANE AYOTT: BEYOND MEASURE, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham MA, Art New England, Jan/Feb, 2011 Kristen I. Pounds, HallSpace/Boston, and MA— Diane Ayott: Defining Surface, Art New England, Feb/March, 2006 Publications It's a 'Wild Party', by Amanda McGregor, Staff Writer, Salem Evening News, Spring, 2011 Monserrat College of Art professor featured in D.C. exhibit, Staff Reporter, Beverly Citizen, Spring, 2011 “Portfolio Magazine”, Montserrat College of Art, Fall, 2009 Studio Visit, volume three, Open Studio Press, 2008 "The Language of Abstraction, Diane Ayott," Sextant, the Journal of Salem State College, Fall/Spring, 2002 Profile — Diane Ayott, Today, New England College Journal, Spring, 2002 Residencies Horned Dorset Colony, Leonardsville, NY, 2014 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2008, 1995 and 1987 Grants Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Fund, Montserrat College of Art, 2014 Cornellia Endowed Fund, Montserrat College of Art, 2005, 2007 Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Fund, Montserrat College of Art, 2007 Professional Development Fund, Montserrat College of Art, 2006, 2007 Professional Development Fund, Salem State College, 2000 Arts Lottery Grant, Landscape Painting, Gloucester Arts and Humanities Council, Gloucester, MA, 1986 Collec&ons   Pain&ngs  and  works  on  paper  are  represented  in  several  private,  contemporary  collec&ons,  Foley  and  Lardner,  LLP,  Boston,  and  the  contemporary  works  on  paper   collec&on  of  the  State  Department  in  Washington,  DC  as  well  as  the  Embassy  Program,  also  in  DC.       Current  College  Teaching   Professor,  Montserrat  College  of  Art,  Beverly,  MA       Educa&on     MFA  in  pain&ng,  MassachuseFs  College  of  Art,  Boston    


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DIANE AYOTT Jeepers Creepers  

An exhibition of new mixed media works on paper by Diane Ayott. On view March 19th to April 18th, 2015, at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Chelsea...

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