Dec
5
to Jan 3

Diane Ayott: Love in December

Wordsworth famously described poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” resulting from emotions “recollected in tranquility,” a process in which feelings are crucially modified and directed by thoughtful intentions, “organic sensibility,” and the discipline of craft — that is, a process of shaping and polishing, which Horace before him called limae labor et mora, the patient toil of the file.

The disciplined excellence of Ayott’s art is thrillingly accessible on these terms. Her intuitive and personal journaling process both provides a suggestive title and at a deeper level embeds emotion into her art, which we experience with immediacy because the language of abstraction is free of alienating specificity: Promise, Proof Enough, Come Spring— the suggestive power of these titles extends undiminished, because unqualified, into our personal geometries.

At the art surface, Ayott’s devoted study of aesthetic history and principles, and her months and years of meditative studio practice, applying the many tools of her mark making — brushes, boxtops, and rollers, if not files — give an authority, a complexity, and a rationality to her constructions, which allow them to become containers of emotion, encodings of the fragile data of shared experience.

Ayott’s paintings are beautiful, universal, and still personal, sharing “passions,” as Wordsworth prescribed for poems, “with an overbalance of pleasure.”
- Mathew Swift (Gallery Director)

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Feb
28
to Mar 31

Paper Works

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Paperwork is a group exhibition at the Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. The exhibition consists of works on paper by six women artists that emphasize pattern, accretion, stacking and repeating rhythms that create fields of organized space. The work uses pattern and rhythm to signify connections between people and the repetition of daily life.

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Jan
23
to Mar 29

The Physicality of Color

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January 23 – March 29, 2015
Opening Reception, Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:00-8:00, p.m.

The artists selected for this exhibition use color as the subject or subtext of their work, each exploring color tactilely, symbolically to define space as well as physical presence, or formally to create the illusion of space. From a variety of media and artistic practices, viewers are provided multiple entry points to consider artists’ choices. Exhibiting artists include: Diane Ayott, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Catherine Evans, Masako Kamiya, Catherine Kehoe, Keira Kotler, Paul McMullan, Laura Moriarty, Lynn Richardson, Victor Schrager, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Matt Rich, and Bill Thompson.
- Kristina Durocher, Museum Director

The Physicality of Color - The Museum of Art at UNH

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May
13
to Jun 10

Above and Below

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Above and Below brings together a diverse group of artists whose vision is at once uniquely personal, political and spiritual, and at times captures the child experience with a mature and introspective vision. The exhibition incorporates a range of mediums including film, installation, painting and encaustic sculpture.

On View: May 13 – June 10

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Dec
4
to Jan 28

Diane Ayott: Beyond Measure

The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

"Ayott's exceptional skill as a colorist is evident in the gorgeous painting Floater; the dazzling peacock blue and orange creates a jewel-like opulence reminiscent of the geometric abstractions of Gustav Klimt."        — Susan Mulski

Art New EnglandNov/Dec 2010

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Feb
11
to Mar 13

Diction: New Work by Diane Ayott

Diction: New Work by Diane Ayott, 2010
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

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"Ayott’s lines and marks come into focus as we near and the penmanship takes on a precision. But Ayott’s precision avoids rigidity and is often a loosely applied geometry as evidenced in her method of patterning. There is a sense that the work is both a study and a doodle, serious and curious; a habit that enjoys fleshing out the meaning by writing it out over and over again. As viewers we read the results, the surface, the play of line, color and the again and again."

— Kathryn Markel
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
New York, NY

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May
29
to Jul 9

Boston Color

Boston Color, 2008
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

"Diane Ayott uses marks and stamps in patterns over the entire picture plane to create eccentric, slightly skewed compositions that radiate a fierce energy. Layers of riotous color form what she says is an “accumulation of thought” and create strong spatial depth. Because the marks she makes are so thick, they create a physicality that further enhances the sense of being lost in color space. The meditative, sensual pleasure Ayott has in making these is palpable."

— Kathryn Markel
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
New York, NY

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Apr
26
to May 28

Moment to Moment

Moment to Moment, 2006
Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA

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"We are held not only by the perfection of surface, but also by the sheer ability of these paintings to speak. In much the same way that a child will become delighted with one sound, Ayott can fall in love with a single shape, which she then repeats with various levels of intensity... Ayott is capable of telling a number of stories that involve careful looking, each of which can be privately embraced and then retold by the viewer." 

—Katherine French
Director, Danforth Museum

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Oct
8
to Nov 4

Defining Surface

Hallspace, Boston, MA

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"Diane Ayott uses abstraction to dissect the English language. Layers of oil paint reflect the strata of meaning in a word or the complexity of a human life. She delves deep into the canvas to illustrate her personal definitions with each piece. The bright colors and sense of movement in Defining Surface offer a terrific energy boost in addition to the artist's metaphoric expressions...

The paintings layer dots upon dots; seeing through these transparent forms the viewer slowly notices new motifs. Moment to Moment presents orderly superficial grids and translucent spots with ovals skillfully placed underneath. As the viewer starts to make sense of the first image, another emerges in our peripheral vision, but with a darting glance it disappears. It may happen several times while viewing the same painting, but the mind refuses to stop trying to grab hold of that elusive illusion."

—Kristen I. Pounds
Art New England, Feb/March 2006

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Mar
16
to Apr 2

By Arrangement

By Arrangement, 2005
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA

"Her abstract paintings are highly expressive and emotionally charged, using colors, which call forth a sensation of memory. Their complex and layered structure conveys subtle shifts of information in a way that is both striking and delicate."

— Katherine French
Director, Danforth Museum
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