Coalescing Earths: Paintings by Toni Littlejohn at Toby’s Art Gallery
January 5 @ 8:00 am - January 31 @ 5:00 pmfree
Toby’s Art Gallery, Point Reyes Station Located at 11250 Highway 1 in Point Reyes Station, Toby’s is open, with COVID-19 protocols in place, Mondays to Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm. https://www.tobysfeedbarn.com/#gallery
Keen upon accessing what lies beyond her normal reality in order to sense the underlying power of the most elemental of human experiences, Littlejohn’s work explores the interaction of paint, water and gravity to form topologies and personal earthscapes. She begins by pouring paint and water on the canvas where they spread on the surface, releasing the visceral entropy of their interaction. As the canvas is tilted up, the paint responds to gravity as if flowing in rhythmic rivulets. Intuitively sensing the moment, Littlejohn adjusts the angle of inclination, often reversing the paint’s direction. The process is repeated several times with each layer of color, and in this way her creative practice becomes a metaphor of the geological alchemy that created the earth in a sensuous cacophony of fire, water, air, earth. Littlejohn hence becomes a conduit for the formative powers and forces of the coalescing planet itself: heat, electricity, fusion.