Founded in 1994, Koelsch Gallery focuses on education, crossing boundaries, presenting quality work and encouraging the viewer to experience and live with art. Koelsch represents over 20 artists: trained and untrained, emerging and established, all of whom consistently challenge borders with innovative techniques and materials.
The stories of Koelsch Gallery owner Franny Koelsch and Rebecca Lankford first intertwined at the start of Rebecca's career as a jewelry designer and now have come full circle. Koelsch Gallery and studio 703 have partnered once again to bring you a curated selection of incredible art, all displayed on the walls of studio 703 + RLD at 703 Yale Street.
Sally S. Bennett
Sally Bennett is an abstract expressionist, currently working on a series of paintings. Each completed piece is actually comprised of two or more separate paintings. It is a complex and often challenging process, but the artist, with more than three decades of experience, admits she enjoys the problem-solving aspect.
"The pieces are expressed in two layers: the materials that I paint on, and what is painted on this surface. Both of these elements are integral to the work, the surface having as much relevance as the images that follow. I choose from a collection of found materials to work on that may include old table tops, cabinet doors, and pieces of scrap wood and metal. The line drawings, markings, painted strokes and scribbles are made with oil, lumber stick, resin stick, charcoal, graphite and ink. I create these drawings/markings predominantly with my non-dominant hand. The use of my left hand allows me to draw in an unpracticed manner, and often rescues me from over-thinking the work."
"I have spent large portions of my life embellishing my surroundings ... from whole rooms to every vehicle I've owned ... transforming the mass mundane into celebration of the individual. My work (whether sacred or secular) is imbued with joy, sparkle, beauty and an ironic touch of humor."
Claire Cusack lives in a world inspired by ordinary objects. Whether in her native Texas or worldly travels, she invariably finds meaningful "trash" that she transforms into unexpected and exquisite sculptures. Cusack's work evokes an honest passion that comes from the heart. The reinvented context of objects through her vision has many stories to tell. Ultimately, her art expresses a raw spirituality not unlike the art of many primitive cultures.
Using materials that bridge the gap between art and craft, Rosenthal freely chooses from among vintage textiles and metal wires, along with an array of paper goods ... for the subject matter that supports her vision for each garment. She carefully executes each piece employing techniques that may include knitting, crocheting, sewing, gluing, and embroidery. Each is embellished with a range of decorative elements such as buttons, costume jewelry, gold and silver leaf, paint, glitter, and found objects.
Matt Duffin was born in 1968 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Houston. He never practiced as an architect, choosing instead to become an artist. Through art, he found that he could easily combine his tendency toward right angles and perspective drawing with the more human themes of solitude and irony. Over time, his medium has evolved from charcoal to encaustic wax, but he continues to dwell in the realm of dark recesses and stark contrasts.
In creating her "horizonscapes," Katie Maratta acknowledges an apparent contradiction. While the literal picture plane is incredibly small - one inch high and up to four feet long, the visual space it suggests is vast. The technique is understated and monochromatic, but the elements of the composition retain their weight and authority.
Miranda's career as a graphic artist spans three decades of individual and collective exhibits as well as nearly two decades of collaboration with Mexico City's most prominent cultural reviews and newspapers. "For me, the process of painting and drawing is intimately tied with a close observation of the human character ... There is a deliberate effort to reject literal associations with reality by turning to a metaphorical world in which fictitious characters generalize, represent, and express aspects fo the human condition."