Artist Talk and Opening Reception for Erin McIntosh

ERIN MCINTOSH - Deep Blue abstract art

Pass Tense, a solo exhibition by artist Erin McIntosh

January 16-February 21, 2015

Artist talk and opening reception Friday, January 16 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present Pass Tense, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Georgia artist Erin McIntosh.

McIntosh produces intuitive abstract paintings that explore the space between representation and abstractions, impermanence and permanence, and the invisible and visible.  Her paintings are a fusion and intermingling of structured shapes and organic forms that seem to reference elements of architecture and organic microscopic material.  Intriguing symphonies of form, color and rhythm populate each painting which come into being through improvisational mark making and layering.  Her paintings communicate sensorial meaning in a non-verbal way that is similar to instrumental music.

For this exhibition McIntosh has selected a range of works, based in aqueous media including acrylics, inks, watercolor and gouache, spanning the years 2009-2014, that show an evolution of her process and thoughts.  Calculated, intimately-scaled works on paper are paired with larger, bolder works on canvas.  The show title Pass Tense plays on the idea of something that happened in the past while also alluding to current activity.  Pass can refer to a direction of movement, a change of condition, and even a way of spending time, all of which are ideas she has reflected on while culling together works for this show.  McIntosh states, “Works that were made five years ago are still very present in my mind as I am creating work today, and I think as an artist one is constantly in search to progress beyond the works made in the past, no matter how persistent and present these images remain.”

McIntosh works as both an artist and educator in Athens, Georgia.  She studied fine art at The University of Georgia holding both BFA and MFA degrees in Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting as well as a BFA in Art Education.  Her paintings have been published in New American Paintings and have been exhibited and collected both regionally and nationally at venues such as The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Currently, McIntosh teaches in the Art Departments of both The University of Georgia and the University of North Georgia and has taught in Cortona, Italy with UGA.  She has experience teaching art in public schools in the U.S., Ireland, and Italy, and for public art programs in Atlanta. She is represented by Gregg Irby Fine Art in Atlanta, GA and by OAC Gallery, an online gallery based in New Mexico. 

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -
contact: Jessica Wohl     931.598.1256

More of McIntosh’s work can be seen at