Eccentric Color at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

by | Feb 18, 2021 | Blog post

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to announce Eccentric Color. A new exhibition of work by Celia Johnson, Conny Goelz, and Fran Shalom. Each of these artists work against the discipline of highly structured compositions to express a robust, distinct visual language. This group show presents their work in conversation with one another to provoke new meanings and questions. 

Celia Johnson uses the contrast of the raw texture of her panels and the transparencies of her brushstroke to create layered, collage-like paintings. Her works are inquisitive and act as puzzles to be solved. Her focus is on the play of color and form and how these interact on the picture plane. There is a modernist sensibility to her paintings which manifest as non-referential, rhythmic, geometric abstractions. 

Conny Schmiitt works with the unique patina of heavily used, vintage book covers to create dynamic, geometric relief sculpture, collage and assemblage. Her work is informed by her studies in Sinology and German literature and her diverse, cultural experience growing up in Germany, living in Taiwan in her 20’s and then moving to the United States. 

In Fran Shalom’s world, atypical shapes and meanings seem to burst out of whatever structure she puts in place. Like Johnson, she defines her work as modern abstract painting, but with a pop twist. She juxtaposes formal and playful expression and pares down her shapes and ideas to a simplified state. She uses elemental shapes and hard controlled edges, to balance the chaos of modern life and create an appearance of control and order. 

The exhibition runs from February 18 – March 27, 2021. For a catalogue of the exhibition click this link.

Celia Johnson: Bauhaus Influences from Celia Johnson on Vimeo.

For more information on the gallery visit

Celia Johnson Comhrá, 2020 Acrylic on birch panel 24 x 21 inches