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Exhibit by Michael Kibble and Robert Shannon

By Dan Roy

For the month of December, Aurora’s Van Doren Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and photography by local artists Michael Kibble and Robert Shannon.

Painting and photography exhibit by Michael Kibble and Robert Shannon
Fri, Dec 7, 5-8pm
Van Doren Gallery
Fábrica La Aurora 5C

Most of Shannon’s floral paintings have a unique style in which the structure of the flowers: pedals, leaves, shadows appear to have been ironed flat, giving very contemporary, almost abstract patterns. The painter says that he has been significantly influenced by Diebenkorn and feels “that forms operating in shallow depth reveal a huge range of possibilities available to painters.” Shannon states that “no matter the subject, I simply use the object as an inspiration to put gorgeous colors and designs across the canvas.”

Kibble also has floral paintings and photographs in the show. Most represent the flowers’ appearance as submerged objects viewed through fast flowing water. The flowers are distorted by the flow and the colors stream in abstract patterns across the canvas. Superimposed are sunlight’s effects both on the surface of the water and also on the stream’s bed. The idea for much of Kibble’s floral work was inspired by flooded meadows of flowers. One very large abstract probably represents a large bed of impressionistic flowers in rain. Another abstract has its origin in his previous series of outer-space nebulas.

San Miguel’s large group of artists offer the city a unique chance to view the unique and ingenious ways that artists strive to show their creativity and techniques. Perhaps no other venue makes this so easy and enjoyable as the Fábrica La Aurora’s monthly Art Walk. So come on out Friday, December 7, to view a plethora of varying artistic creations and don’t miss your chance to see the Kibble/Shannon exhibition.


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