Thursday, December 15, 2011

Charmed Life Studio Art Opening Jan 6, 2012

Those Were The Days
Art by Anastasia Gnau

Opening January 6th 2012
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Charmed Life Gallery
4505 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

She’s worked hard enough, for little enough pay, it’s time for us to give it up for our shop girl, Anastasia Gnau. From January 3rd to January 31st Charmed Life Gallery and Tattoo Studio is proud to present “Those Were the Days”, art by Anastasia Gnau. There will be an opening on January 6th from 6:00PM to 10:00PM, featuring live music by the Sean Wilson Trio. This show is free and open to all ages.

“Everything is constantly changing. I want to capture transitory moments, to save something.”

Anastasia is an accomplished photographer. She tends to focus on the human form and images of decay. Her photography often isolates individual parts of the body. “I like to establish identity without showing faces,” She says. “The parts that comprise a person tell a story that is often lost when we look at the whole person.” She works predominantly in black and white. Her work displays exquisite chiaroscuro. There is a precise discipline to her placement of models and light.

This show will also feature oil paintings. “I only use oils because they hold a better texture. I always paint with a palette knife, never a brush. I need the texture to pop out of the painting,” Anastasia says. Her paintings feature mostly impressionistic pastoral settings. The texture feels dynamic, as if the paintings are moving. There is a palpable sensation of life in the canvas; figures that have seemingly crude features appear as if they may coalesce into animals or flowers as they cross one’s peripheral vision.

Born in Baltimore, raised in Parkville, Anastasia Gnau is too talented to be so damn young. She won a Gold Medal in 2010 from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The gold medal is reserved for “the most outstanding works in the nation”. She was nominated for a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award, unfortunately the awards were cancelled due to budget shortfalls. She is currently a senior at Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She also interns at the Charmed Life Gallery.