Christina Scherer - After Hours
Revelry Gallery is delighted to host painter + mystic Christina Scherer in her debut solo show, The Meeting Place. Scherer's new body of work utilizes the visual language of color in her abstract compositions, drawing influence from Color Field painters such as Hellen Frankenthaler and Sam Gilliam. Scherer integrates the spiritual notion of energetic vibrations directly into her paintings by using magically-charged materials, such as moon water. The Meeting Place, painter Christina Scherer uses water not only as a tool, but as a guide for how her paintings will unfold.
Working intuitively on raw, unprimed canvas, Scherer allows her paint strokes to seep directly into the fibers of the canvas, resulting in layered compositions which often mimic the formless movement of water. Careful not to exert too much control over her pieces, she uses a wet-on-wet technique of thinly applied layers of acrylic paint. Free from any objective subject matter, Scherer's paintings more so communicate fields of energy, or "vibrations". In preparation for each piece, Scherer applies an even layer of "moon water"— water charged by the rays of a full moon— to the surface of her canvases, infusing the foundation of each piece with powerful magical significance.
Much of Scherer's work draws heavy influence from the Hindu healing convention of the chakra system, or the 7 "energy centers" of the human body. Each chakra corresponds with a different point on the body, and each chakra has its own spiritual/health associations. Scherer's moon water is further "activated" using crystal singing bowls, which produce vibrations said to open the heart and throat chakras.
The Meeting Place is at its core a marriage of art and spirit. Christina Scherer's use of color and space play with intangible ideas of energy, love and truth, inviting viewers to bring their own experiences and interpretations to the canvas. In this way, Scherer's paintings act as portals to each person's inner divinity.