Laina Terpstra’s background in modern dance informs her work, in her sensitivity to movement and gesture. The tactility of the paint and her acute awareness of touch evoke a kinesthetic empathy on the part of the viewer that draws one into the internal motion of both the evoked space, and the physical, tactile present. While veering towards abstraction, her compositions always retain an internal scaffolding of realistic space and light. Forms are deconstructed and distilled to their purest elements so that what is left is merely the code of an image that your mind is compelled to complete. Her work explores this liminal place where spaces are sensed rather than recognized, and defined through a logic of sensation, movement, and vibration.
Laina Terpstra is an abstract, figurative oil painter currently based in San Francisco.
I began carving in 1974 and have always worked directly (without a model) utilizing the volume of the material and maximizing the limits of the stone.
My sculpture is improvisational — my first inspiration was jazz. In my early years in Berkeley, where so many of my colleagues were doing additive sculpture in metal or ceramics, I learned to treat the stone like a piece of chewing gum which I could pull, push and bend in any direction.
Twelve years in Carrara, Italy honed my skills and Italy’s artistic heritage clarified my vision. I carved mellifluous musical compositions in Marble. The balance and tension between negative and positive space and the infinite with the finite were — and still are — my sculptural concerns.
Stone is a fundamental material. As a man and artist, it is my goal to transform that substance into beauty and give something back to the cosmos.”
PAUL BLOCH & LAINA TERPSTRA
Exhibition Dates: through January 15, 2021
49 Geary Street Suite 416
San Francisco, CA 94108
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