Enjewel is the hip First Street boutique that caters to confident, fashion-forward women. Operating under the banner that “with the right accessories [a woman] can do anything,” Lynne Routhier and Vanessa Dryden offer vintage purses, handmade Mother of Pearl and natural horn bags, art jewelry, faux fur scarves with pockets, and chic dresses galore.
And still on view will be the abstract paintings and sculpture of expressionist Tracy Loso.
Loso's gestural abstracts combine a medley of media including beads, acrylics, spray paint, texture sprays, modelling paste, glass, two-part epoxy and much more. Through this eclectic combination of materials, Loso is able to create decentralized, polyphonic compositions in which identical or closely similar elements repeat themselves without marked variation from one edge to the canvas to the other.
Each composition creates a narrative, but one in which there is no discernible beginning, middle or end. In each, the mass image consists of impulsive and dynamic forms that expand beyond the canvas' edges. In fact, Loso employs gallery wrap to engender this effect. As de Kooning was once quoted, "painting isn't just the visual thing that reaches your retina - it's what is behind it and in it."
Tracy exhibited in Enjewel in June and July of 2011, soon after her graduation with a degree in art from Florida Gulf Coast University. But her new paintings inject a freer, looser and decidedly more passionate feel. If, as Motherwell believes, abstract expressionist paintings serve "as a metaphor, or sign, of the artist's temperament," one might be tempted to ascribe these differences to the change in Tracy's relationship status and the impact of her new husband on her psyche, outlook and artistic development. Regardless of the reason, it is clear that Loso has brought to her new body of work a greater intensity in her interaction with both canvas and medium.
But judge for yourself. Enjewel is located at 2266 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, please telephone Lynne Routhier or Vanessa Dryden at 239-415-4023.