nico and i stopped into triple base the other day to say hello to will and dina and check out the current show of sf-based artist, rachel kaye- a colorful, glittery explosion of drawings, paintings, and sculptures that were very “BIG THINGS!”
in a style and palette reminiscent of german expressionist painters like kandinsky, kirchner, and franz marc, kaye’s color-splash paintings invoke elements of collage, textiles, and fashion. the lines and shapes nod to pattern and texture, but remain abstracted. branching into three dimensions, her glitter sculptures are pieced-together totem poles, almost model-like in their poses, mirroring the movement in the paintings on the wall.
one of the most impressive pieces is a large, quilt-like colored pencil drawing composed of tiny sections of colorful pattern that took kaye over a year to complete. it immediately reminded me of the signature zigzags of missoni knitwear (and would actually look quite wonderful as a printed fabric!). after visiting her site, i noticed that her past drawings and paintings pulled quite a bit of imagery from fashion magazines: close-up studies of givenchy patterns, paintings of leopard print jackets, even colored-pencil portraits of the missoni family from recent ad campaigns.
if i were to suddenly take up painting, i would hope that it looks like this- fun, colorful, and really glittery!