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MITCHELL LONAS

SOLACE

March 5th - April 24th

 

MITCHELL LONAS

“I am shading in reverse, pulling light from darkness, bringing attention to the highlights, cultivating mystery... I am inviting the viewer in, so they can fill in the rest.”

- Mitchell Lonas

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From the microcosm of an individual animal’s gaze, the artist makes a macrocosmic leap in his stunning The Birth of a Star, which zooms out to depict an entire galaxy at the moment of a new sun’s emergence. As astronomers such as the late Carl Sagan have pointed out, the matter that makes up all entities, organic and inorganic—including the humble doe in the woods—is the same “star-stuff” that makes up the contents of deep space, a phenomenon that fascinates Lonas, influenced the current artworks, and led to the inclusion of celestial imagery including the earth’s moon. Joining these new additions are classic Lonas motifs, among them waterfalls, forests, owl and hawk feathers, and dandelion seed heads.

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In Solace, his seventh solo exhibition at Callan Contemporary, Mitchell Lonas debuts a profoundly beautiful suite of incised and hammered artworks on painted aluminum panel, which capture moments of heightened connection with the natural world. The series grew out of meditations and readings he began in late 2019, as he studied texts by Michael A. Singer, and Eckhart Tolle related to the topics of consciousness and awareness. Last March, in the midst of this research, as he was taking a long walk near his home studio, he found himself suddenly confronted eye to eye with two deer. The hushed, electric silence of that uncanny inter-species encounter supercharged his own awareness of the present moment, and the memory of that meeting became the cornerstone of his current exhibition. Lonas presents the deer in full-length gestural compositions as well as closer-cropped framings, which read as portraits.

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Lonas studied art history at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and for many years has been based in Asheville, North Carolina, a stone’s throw from the Blue Ridge Mountain trails that feed his inspiration. His works are included in distinguished private, public, and corporate collections, including Morgan Stanley, Stanford University, Barclay Global Investors, Cooley LLP, and other Fortune 500 companies. Collectors are drawn to the sculptural quality of his works and their dance-like dialogue with light, which results from exacting proprietary techniques he developed over many years and continues to evolve. In the new pieces, to convey the minute detail of lunar craters, spiraling nebulae, and the gossamer of a doe’s eyelashes, he further modified his metal- and woodworking tools to puncture and perforate metal. The resulting surfaces shimmer and gleam, as if with preternatural presence. “I’m basically shading in reverse,” Lonas explains, “pulling light from darkness, bringing attention to the highlights, cultivating mystery... I’m inviting the viewer in, so they can fill in the rest.” These technical innovations parallel the series’s wider mission to blur the distinctions between part and whole and celebrate the constantly shifting relationships between them. There is something comforting and consoling in these works, hence the show’s title, reminding us to internalize and savor the gifts of awareness, acceptance, and gratitude.

- Richard Speer

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Mitchell Lonas

Stillness, Evening, 2021

incised painted aluminum

46h x 84w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace, Evening, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
21h x 21w in
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Mitchell Lonas

Moon, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

55h x 47w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Birth of a Star, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
49h x 57w in
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Mitchell Lonas

Robin Nest, Winter, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

47h x 59w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Flow, Late Afternoon, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

47h x 32w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace IV, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
23h x 20w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Snowy Owl Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Owl Feather, Late Day, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Woodpecker Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace VII, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
45h x 27w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace VI, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 32w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Solace V, 2020

incised, painted aluminum

47h x 26w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Tawny Owl Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Kestrel Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Red Hawk Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Solace II, 2020
painted aluminum, incised
24h x 24w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Dandelion, Fall 2020
incised painted aluminum
34h x 34w in

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Mitchell Lonas

Stillness, Evening, 2021

incised painted aluminum

46h x 84w in

Mitchell Lonas
Solace, Evening, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
21h x 21w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Moon, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

55h x 47w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Birth of a Star, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
49h x 57w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Robin Nest, Winter, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

47h x 59w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Flow, Late Afternoon, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

47h x 32w in

Mitchell Lonas
Solace IV, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
23h x 20w in

Mitchell Lonas

Snowy Owl Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Owl Feather, Late Day, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Woodpecker Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Solace VII, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
45h x 27w in

Mitchell Lonas
Solace VI, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 32w in

Mitchell Lonas

Solace V, 2020

incised, painted aluminum

47h x 26w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Tawny Owl Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Kestrel Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas

Red Hawk Feather, 2021

incised, painted aluminum

34h x 12w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Solace II, 2020
painted aluminum, incised
24h x 24w in

Mitchell Lonas
Dandelion, Fall 2020
incised painted aluminum
34h x 34w in

SOLD

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Mitchell Lonas
Robin Nest, Winter, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 59w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace, Evening, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
21h x 21w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Moon, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
55h x 47w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Flow, Late Afternoon, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 32w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Birth of a Star, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
39h x 59w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Feathers, 2021
ncised, painted aluminum
34h x 12w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace V, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 26w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Solace VI, 2020
incised, painted aluminum|
47h x 32w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace VII, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
45h x 27w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Solace IV, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
23h x 20w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Barnswallow Fall 2021
Incised Painted Aluminum
47h x 47w in
ON HOLD

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Mitchell Lonas
Dandelion, Fall 2020, 2020
incised painted aluminum
34h x 34w in
SOLD

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Mitchell Lonas
Snowny Owl Feather, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
34h x 12w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Stillness, Evening, 2021
incised painted aluminum
46h x 84w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Woodpecker Feather, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
34h x 12w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Alight VI, 2021
painted aluminum, incised
12h x 21w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Alight V, 2021
painted aluminum, incised
12h x 21w in

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Mitchell Lonas
Alight IV, 2021
painted aluminum, incised
12h x 21w in
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Mitchell Lonas
Robin Nest, Winter, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 59w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Solace, Evening, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
21h x 21w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Moon, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
55h x 47w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Flow, Late Afternoon, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 32w in

Mitchell Lonas
Birth of a Star, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
39h x 59w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Feathers, 2021
ncised, painted aluminum
34h x 12w in

SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Solace V, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
47h x 26w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Solace VI, 2020
incised, painted aluminum|
47h x 32w in

Mitchell Lonas
Solace VII, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
45h x 27w in

Mitchell Lonas
Solace IV, 2020
incised, painted aluminum
23h x 20w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Barnswallow Fall 2021
Incised Painted Aluminum
47h x 47w in
ON HOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Dandelion, Fall 2020, 2020
incised painted aluminum
34h x 34w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Snowny Owl Feather, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
34h x 12w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Stillness, Evening, 2021
incised painted aluminum
46h x 84w in

Mitchell Lonas
Woodpecker Feather, 2021
incised, painted aluminum
34h x 12w in
SOLD

Mitchell Lonas
Alight VI, 2021
painted aluminum, incised
12h x 21w in

Mitchell Lonas
Alight V, 2021
painted aluminum, incised
12h x 21w in

Mitchell Lonas
Alight IV, 2021
painted aluminum, incised
12h x 21w in
SOLD