|Mary by Victoria Selbach, Acrylic On Canvas, 28x58|
|GRACE IN THE LIGHT|
|August 1-30, 2012|
|Thursday, August 2, 6:00-10:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present ‘Grace in the Light’ a solo exhibition of works by conceptual realist painter, Victoria Selbach. Victoria’s figurative paintings explore the female form dressed in light and shadow. Although the mind is tuned to see the woman first and drawn to the human form, in these works the impact of the underlying abstraction, created by light, fights for dominance. Victoria conveys in her sensitive yet penetrating depiction's of beauty bathed in light an honest presence and a sense of knowing. Yet the juxtaposition of the dense recess of shadow draws our awareness to the truths that lie well beyond our current understanding. Victoria's studio is in New York and her paintings have been shown in New York and across the country including works currently being exhibited in the Heckscher Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art.
I work with the interplay of light and shadow. Contrasts that dramatically slash across the compositions create the strong graphic foundation to each piece. My goal is to capture the beauty present in one unique moment in time. I simply allow the light to create compositions, outlining shape and form within the confines of the canvas. Light weaves through the figure brushing against surfaces, announcing volume and creating depth before colliding with darkness. The path of light, alternately revealing and masking the human form. The moment comes alive as the light penetrates the subject, illuminating the spirit within, revealing the layers of color, complexity and emotion deep beneath the surface. Clarity partially reveals what is truly present before it ultimately recedes into darkness. This movement away from what is easily seen and known reminds the viewer of all that must surely reside just outside our current beliefs and understanding.
Victoria Selbach is a conceptual realist painter. Her passion for drawing was encouraged from an early age with Saturday classes at Carnegie Mellon Museum of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Her early years of classes at CMU provided a range of course work including drawing from live models, studying anatomy at the Pitt Medical School Morgue and just enough information to supply the questions she will spend the rest of her life answering. Selbach moved to New York City, graduated from Parsons School of Design and continues to live and work in New York. Her paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries across the country and at the Heckscher Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has been discussed in publications such as Artists Daily, LI Pulse and Poets and Artists. Victoria contributes to the next generation of artists as a guest lecturer and one on one mentor to New York High School students.