Local artist Terrece Beesley was one of the artists chosen for the Agora Gallery’s current exhibition, “A Rhythm of Color,” which will be on display at the Chelsea gallery now through March 17. The exhibit, which also features the works of artists from California, Sweden, Romania and Germany, the exhibit features dozens of different interpretations of what color can mean to a painting.
For Beesley, that meaning has always been found in simplicity.
“With my recent work I have been drawn to the trivial things that we hold onto, the cultural icons of our daily life,” said Beesley in her artist’s statement for the show.
“They are scenes we are so familiar with, and to me these mundane objects say more about us as a culture than any landscape could aspire to.”
Most of Beesley’s work has a definite lightness and playfullness to it, including everything from popsicles and grinning Buddhas to plastic bags full of pet fish given away as prizes to little kids. The array of jewel-like colors, found in everything from a single slice of orange to the Sunday comics that often serve as a backdrop for her still lifes, make the pieces seem like almost inevitable selections for a show that celebrates the different things that can be done with pigment.
Beesley’s work, however, can also have a more serious side. In one of her pieces at the Agora show, large, jagged pieces of broken mirror rest between a newspaper and raw broken eggs. Though the yolks glow as brightly as those in Beesley’s lighter confections, the cumulative effect of “Contemplating My Future Over Breakfast” is similar to the somewhat queasy sensation of reading the financial section of any recent newspaper first thing in the morning. Even in the middle of breakfast, it seems to say, your world can crash down around you.