If Dolores Coe’s paintings were a movie, they’d be a road picture. She entices the viewer into a journey through fantastical landscapes, crowded with fragments of iconic, American roadside imagery.
(Sarasota, FL) Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Lossless: Paintings by Dolores Coe,” from December 5-28, 2013. The exhibit features eight large paintings and four small works, all oil on canvas. The artist’s reception is December 13, 6-8 p.m. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota.
Dolores Coe is a painter, digital media artist, and former Ringling College professor who now maintains a home and studio on the Little Manatee River south of Tampa. Her intrigue with the mind’s power to distill experience into stories is a constant undercurrent in her imagery. And if Coe’s paintings were a movie, they’d be a road picture. She entices the viewer into a journey through fantastical landscapes, crowded with fragments of iconic, American roadside imagery.
So, why are these images lossless?
“Lossless is actually a tech term,” she explains. “It refers to a type of data compression in which the original data can be perfectly reconstructed.” But referring to her art, the term has an ironic double meaning. “I see painting as a form of data compression; I recombine the fragmented images of memory and fantasy in imaginary landscapes to convey a sense of inner and outer experience. Growing up in Florida, I was constantly steeped in an awareness of migration and change, what remains and what had been erased.”
According to Allyn Gallup, the gallery’s director, Coe’s work steeps the viewer in the same contradiction.
“Art is all about holding on,” he says. “Capturing experience and not letting go. Coe’s work does that—and simultaneously questions her power to hold onto the passing moment. It’s a meditation on time memory, art and imagination. As far as I’m concerned, it’s unforgettable.”
About Dolores Coe
Coe’s work is exhibited regionally and nationally in museums and galleries such as the Tampa Museum of Art, USF Contemporary Art Museum, and North Miami Museum, and is included in a number of public and private collections. The artist received her MFA in painting from the University of South Florida. Her awards include a resident fellowship at the Riksacadamie in Amsterdam, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and an Arts Council of Hillsborough Fellowship. Coe was a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design from 1991 until 2005, when she began her full-time studio practice. Coe is a frequent lecturer, moderator, panelist, educator and arts advocate.
About Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Since the beginning, its founder, Allyn Gallup, has been committed to providing serious art to the community. Through this commitment, the gallery has earned the reputation as the leading place in southwest Florida to view contemporary art. The gallery’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, works on paper and prints by mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records. The gallery also occasionally showcases works by promising emerging artists. Visit www.allyngallup.com.