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Nebular Hypothesis, 2004

Nebular Hypothesis, detail
Andrea Way, New Works

February 19 - March 26, 2005

Reception for the Artist: First Friday,
March 4, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 5:00 pm and at other times by appointment.

In her fourth solo exhibition at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Andrea Way returns to working on paper in the intricate detailed abstractions for which she has been known since the early 1980's. A devoted admirer of the natural sciences, as well as an avid practitioner of Zen meditation, the artist finds meaning through the way in which she works -at times paralleling natural processes as in her Gravity Pools.

Andrea Way's work is about systems and how patterns are created through the replication and sequencing of simple processes. For the artist, these systems represent a function of life itself--growth, evolution, change. Her works are often begun by repeating the same seemingly random actions and letting the materials follow their own nature: in some by dropping colored inks into blobs of water on a level surface; in others by dripping colored water to create rivulets down a vertical surface; and yet in others by letting the autonomous spinning of a "doodle top pen" trace curves that condense into spirals. The initial process generates a second layer that plays on the first with invented codes and counting systems. Another layer is generated by the second and so on, the final work evolving after hundreds of hours of devotion to the most meticulous details. The transparency of the colored inks with which she draws and paints, as well as the minute scale of her marks, allows the beauty of each layer to sparkle through the next.

"From afar, Andrea Way's work is experienced as machine-generated reports, scientific data from distant planets, or microscopic view of cellular activity. Up close, the intricate systems by which the artist has mapped the features of her dense world are revealed in layers of amazing detail and in a geometry of circles, squares, arcs, and lines."*

The artist's works have been exhibited widely in gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the country for twenty years. Her works are in the permanent collections of many major museums, including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

* "Andrea Way's Dense Abstraction", essay by Stephen Bennett Phillips, Curator, The Phillips Collection, for catalogue published by Pierogi, NY, NY 2004, pp.36 - 39

Baroque Joy, 2004

Baroque Joy, detail