Carol Dickerson: Studio Journey, Opening reception, Jan. 11, 5:30-8 p.m.; on display through Feb. 16, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A, g44gallery.com.
very artist hits those slumps where their creativity stops flowing, or stops flowing as freely, and a new tactic becomes necessary to kick-start a new phase. When Carol Dickerson hit that wall last year, she turned to the guidance and expertise of California artist Nancy Hillis, who happened to be teaching a year-long online course that provided exercises, demonstrations and chat forums for students to seek feedback on their work. “It turned into an extraordinary community of artists whose work both inspired and motivated me,” says Dickerson in her artist statement. “... When I got stuck in my own work, I could tackle some of the course exercises such as exploring rhythm, working with constraints, or working with a secondary palette, and this helped me see my own work in a fresh way.” This studio journey on which she embarked with her fellow students formed the body of work for her new show, opening at G44 Gallery
this Friday. Layering acrylic paint with occasional other materials like crayon or charcoal, Dickerson says her process “is similar to jazz improvisation: Each move is a response to the color, line, rhythm, texture and shapes of the previous layer.”