By Raymundo Muñoz
Pulling together a great show with ample time is hard enough, but doing so with only a few days notice is a special feat: Elena Gunderson did just that at Crimson Hilt this past Second Saturday. A healthy crowd streamed in throughout the chilly evening to experience this local artist’s beautifully wrought and amusingly bizarre works in gouache.
Along with some of last year’s works (previously on display at Love Gallery), Elena debuted 4 new ornate paintings: “Fly Girl,” “Dark Horse,” “Fowl Play,” and “Premonition.” Colorful visual mischief runs rampant across each cleverly titled piece, conveying the artist’s unique verve and special sense of humor.
And for good measure, the artist–ever the joyous spirit–even managed to transmit her playfulness to the dance floor, cutting the rug–aptly–in a style all her own.
Fun, strange, very warm, and extremely talented, Elena Gunderson lifts the art scene in a way few others can.
Elena Gunderson’s works on display at Crimson Hilt Feb.8 – Mar.7.