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New Mezzanine show explores organic forms

Color Pops 7, Oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
The Delaware Division of the Arts
Artis Su Knoll Horty's first showing at the Mezzanine Gallery uses layered paint and gestural marks to create colorful, organic shapes.

A series of abstract paintings is taking over the Delaware Division of the Arts' Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington. The exhibit, Color Pops, explores sudden bursts of paint.

Color Pops is Su Knoll Horty says her work explores how layers of color can form organic shapes on canvas.

"These lines that are just very fluid. They move, they undulate, as opposed to a very straight geometric line," Horty said.

Horty compared some of her shapes to rolling hills off in the distance.

Starting with a layer of stain on canvas, she stacks and blends colors with gestural marks.

Horty said getting a piece just right can be challenging. 

“Working on just one small section of that 12x12 painting can take me a half an hour, just to get the transition that I want from one color to the next,” Horty explained,

Color Pops features 10 paintings. It is at the DDOA’s Mezzanine Gallery from August 5-25.