32 Artists, May 2012
Opening May 4, 5-8 pm
Nathan Durfee, Megan Aline, Robert Lange, Ali Cavanaugh, Amy Lind, Kerry Brooks, Charles Williams, Fred Jamar, J.B. Boyd...
Each artist has created at least two works of the same subject only painted in very different moods
The thematic use of repetition brings thirty-one contemporary artists together for an exhibit titled “Everything Changes.” Each artist has created at least two works of the same subject only painted in very different moods. The exhibition will hang through May 2012, and a festive reception, featuring music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will take place on the first Friday of May, May 4 from 5-8PM.
These thirty-one artists use repetition to show nuances of perception as their subjects change, while the constant subject provides the basis from which comparisons can be made. At Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street location, artists will present their painted series, allowing visitors the ability to encounter the process that has been repeated over the course of days, weeks, or months.
“As the subject changes the process of painting it is renewed,” says gallery owner Robert Lange. “Masters like Monet and Rothko talked about how it was important to continually revisit the same subject, almost to the point of obsession, in order to truly understand how it could be painted.”
Painter Ali Cavanaugh, who often works in series and is know for creating realistic figurative works in watercolor has created two pieces depicting the same figure with interlocking fingers. In the first piece the subject’s hands are overlapped and her face is looking down through her arms. By the second piece the subject’s fingers are tightly griped and intertwined and her face is hidden from view. The pieces are titled “interlock contemplation with intension I and II.”
Harriet White has also created two works, both of tightly rendered hyper-realistically painted eyes adorned with heavy black mascara. The 40” x 40” oil pieces are titled “Kohl” and “Lawless.” In the first there is cleanly applied make-up, presumably at the beginning of the night and in the second piece the make-up is smeared under the eye and the sparkles of eye shadow are mixed with perspiration.
Another RLS favorite, Megan Aline created a series of four 5” x 10” paintings depicting a lone house sitting atop a hill. The house weathers the seasons from painting to painting and is no longer the subject of the series but instead the subject becomes the transience of light.
“I have a much better understand of what Monet discovered after a year of painting the same haystacks. This little house goes from lonely to filled, from bundled up to windows open,” says Megan Aline.
Additional contemporary talent will be presented, including artist Mia Bergeron. Her pieces for the show are rooted in tradition but have a very modern feel. Bergeron has presented figurative work in two very different pieces, in one, the figure is crisply painted in the foreground and the background is blurred, while in the other piece the background is in focus and the figure is blurred.
"Everything changes in some way. Change often leads to growth. And growth often requires us to set our sights farther, making us look at aspects of our lives that may have been imperceptible. We shift our awareness and oscillate our focus," said Bergeron. "These pieces lend themselves to that idea; sometimes investigating other avenues of our life brings forth new and beautiful intricacies."