Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope will be on view in Berkshire Museum from May 24 through October 21, 2012. The exhibition features a vivid selection of paintings, sculptures, and fiber wall hangings in the Ellen Crane Memorial Room. Reminiscent of Byzantine mosaics, artist Liz Whitney Quisgard utilizes an exuberant palette to produce her intricate geometric patterns comprised of marks, or dots, placed in a mesmerizing array of triangles, spirals, lines, and circles. Sumptuous colors and rich patterns create a scintillating rhythm and texture across her paintings and fiber works. Other influences include Navajo textiles, Baroque architectural details, and Oriental rugs.
On Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m., Liz Whitney Quisgard will present a provocative discussion of her work and her exhibition in the Ellen Crane Memorial Room. The talk is included with Museum admission. An opening reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m.; the reception is free and open to the public.
“My goal is to surprise and engage the mind by seducing the eye,” says Quisgard. “Toward that end I rely on pattern. We all understand a row of triangles, a strip of squares, an arrangement of circles and swirls. No need to ask their meaning. They simply are what they are. They speak to us universally and without apology.”
Her wall hangings are composed of energetic patterns of yarn stitched into a stiff buckram backing, worked in Quisgard’s signature, ebullient color choices. Her paintings are acrylic or oil on canvas, some incorporating found objects. Many of the wall squares resemble abstract mosaics, symmetrical in design, while other pieces are free-form and eccentric.
An award-winning, nationally renowned artist, Liz Whitney Quisgard lives and works in New York City. Among her numerous grants and awards, she received the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001, and has been chosen for residencies at the Millay Colony and the Yaddo Colony, among others.