The Tides: A Summer Group Show

July 14th, 2016 – August 28th, 2016

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is proud to present The Tides, a selection of recent work by five artists represented by Abigail Ogilvy Gallery: Ola Aksan, Keenan Derby, Holly Harrison, Julia S. Powell, and Caron Tabb. Each artist represents the central theme of tides by interacting with nature, motion, time, and repetition in their work. The pieces will showcase a variety of techniques, from painting and pouring to collage, and the five artists’ unique grasp of their medium.


Ola Aksan's practice begins with a process of pouring and dripping various densities of latex and enamel paint, the paint mixing together due to the natural water currents of the surface and the combination of multiple finishes. Observing the property of paint, Aksan tests how much the paint will resist change in response to the motion of her body and of the floor. The submerged content in her pours are often linked to nature, alien, science and environment in her psychological portraits and landscapes. Ola Aksan received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has shown at museums and galleries throughout the country, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and iArtColony in Rockport, MA. 

Keenan Derby’s highly textured paintings are in perpetual motion. Working in acrylic, oil, and sand, Derby’s technique lifts the paint off each piece’s surface as he negotiates intention and material, embracing the unpredictable physicality of paint. Cosmic cycles, objects in motion, tidal patterns, and ancient overgrown temples and tombs all provide inspiration for the raw energy captured in his work. Keenan Derby received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from Boston University, and has shown at galleries throughout the country, most recently at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and the Summer Innovation Exhibition in Boston, MA.

Holly Harrison is a mixed media artist whose collages use a variety of techniques to explore the interplay between organic and geometric. She uses diverse materials including painting, photography, paper ephemera, fiberglass screen, her daughter’s drawings and handwritten samples, and pieces of her husband’s discarded paintings, which she weaves together in a slow build up of layers. Present in all her work is the juxtaposition of natural and manmade, and the repetition of the horizon line. Holly Harrison’s work has been shown in galleries across New England, most recently at Concord Art, and was also included in the Summer Auction at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Julia Powell’s oil paintings, teeming with lively brushstrokes and mottled with vibrant color, depict scenes that can’t be found anywhere on Earth, but carry the essence of the natural world within them. By contemporizing landscape painting, Powell brings the subject of nature into modern appreciation, creating a connection between the viewer and nature that can’t be accessed through any other perspective. Julia Powell’s work has been featured in galleries and private collections across New England, and has recently been included in the Summer Auction at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Boston Biennial at the Atlantic Works Gallery.

Caron Tabb’s abstract paintings are fluid and expressive, with bold marks created using various techniques and materials. She captures movement, time, and above all, the mental and emotional state of the artist at that specific time—something that she will never experience in quite the same way again. This is the part of the magnetism of her work: it draws something out of its audience that is familiar, and yet impossible to experience again in any other context. Tabb’s work has been featured in galleries and private collections in New England, most recently in the Fort Point Arts Community in Boston, MA, and the New Art Center in Newton, MA.