PLACE MADE VISIBLE
The kind of painting that most excites me is work that exists in a kind of half-light state. Straddling figuration and abstraction, without needing to declare an allegiance to either, the paintings reveal not things themselves, but more than things: experience, memory, and history. The French have a word-histoire-which means both history and story, and that also gets at this idea of the 'more than' objects, 'more than' content, 'more than' things. Sometimes they convey the state of the artist’s being at the moment the work is created. The artists in this show excel in their ability to convey the essence not just of objects but of experience. Their works of art, whether drawing or paintings, convey whole lifetimes.
I often think of the John Berger quote, writing about Morandi: "Objects which don't yet exist...are not objects. They are places, places where some little thing is coming into being." The painters in this exhibition address this experience of place in a multitude of senses: as location/locale; as objects coming into being; and finally, as the emotional/psychic situations they find themselves in, their “worlds drenched in meanings.”
with Becky Yazdan, Farrell Brickhouse, Vicki Sher, Clinton King, Ashley Garrett, and Brian Wood