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Santa Fe, NM
Mark White Fine Art, July 3-16

Marshall Noice, Spring Morning, oil.

Marshall Noice, Spring Quartet, oil, 24 x 36.

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The trees can be yellow, red, or blue. The hillsides and rivers meld into one fluid surface as they meet the vibrant sky. Looking at the paintings of Marshall Noice is almost like walking through a dreamland. As Noice has continued his artistic journey through the forests and meadows of Montana, the familiar shapes of the landscape have become loose and abstracted. Yet they still invite the viewer to step into a colorful world of emotion. In a solo show at Mark White Fine Art, titled Deconstructing the Contemporary Landscape, Noice presents about 30 new works that embody his new artistic direction. The show opens on Tuesday, July 3, and the artist gives a demonstration and lecture on Saturday, July 7.

The artist is a relatively new addition to Mark White Fine Art after showing for a long time at Waxlander Gallery. He has been painting consistently for many years to develop his unique style. “I’m diligently trying not to repeat myself,” Noice says. “I’m interested in pushing the envelope and trying new things within the context of boldly colored landscapes.” The artist says he recently had an epiphany while painting that opened the door to exploring deconstructivist techniques. “My handling of the paint was thicker, freer, and looser,” he says. “And the composition took on this architectural composition. All of this helped to take the painting further away from a literal landscape and closer to that deconstructivist form of art making.”

While the use of blacks, whites, and grays is characteristic of deconstructivism, the artist continues to omit them in his work. The new pieces have Noice’s signature vibrant hues, but there is still some experimentation with multiple large swaths of muted tones vying for their position on the canvas. “I’m fascinated by the tension created by discordant colors,” he says. “The vast majority of landscape painters try to create color harmony, but I’m interested in the disharmony. I want to create something that isn’t particularly settled or comfortably resolved.”

Noice’s use of color is one of the primary aspects of these new works. However, he is also experimenting with different shapes, a lack of symmetry, and emphasizing tension in every aspect of the work. “All of these pieces fit within the realm of deconstructivism,” he says. “There’s this freedom in the work that is not adhering to anything remotely literal, and it’s fascinating.”

Noice recognizes that his postmodern approach to the landscape may not be for everyone. But, he says, his main goal is to elicit an emotion—any emotion—from viewers. “I hope the viewer will find my work sufficiently arresting so that they have a specific feeling when they look at it,” he says. The artist says he sees the art-making process as a series of conversations: one between the artist and the work, and the other between the work and the viewer. “How the viewer responds says as much about their personal experiences as it does about the piece of art in front of them,” Noice says. —Mackenzie McCreary

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