On Saturday, May 26th, a group of five artists will open the season with a medley of exhibitions for the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House. In celebration, the gallery will have solo shows (sculpture and painting). The works will be on display through June 17th with a reception for the artists on Saturday, May 26th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Diver, 2018, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
“In this current body of paintings that I will be showing at John Davis Gallery, I will be focusing on the summer Olympics from 2016. I have been working on this series for the past 2 years and this will be the first time I will be able to exhibit the series in its totality.
I wanted to paint the Olympics because of the courage of the human mind. To me, an athlete is almost like a supreme being. Not because they are athletes, but because they show me how powerful the human mind can be when you set a task when you have to be disciplined to achieve a goal. I find this extremely inspiring so these paintings become metaphors of experience, falling, running, losing, winning. In these figures, I have painted these acts of the Olympians. I see such a metaphor of how I want to live and see, to be in the moment as a living craftsman and always try to make the image that speaks to me and the path that I am on.”
Clintel Steed, 2018
Sculpture Garden & Ground Floor Carriage House
“Legends of Montecastello,” 2012, glazed terracotta,16 x 9.75 x 7 inches
“This group of ceramic pieces was not intended to be…
Indeed, they were merely the tests – to try some new glazes, intended for a large ceramic outdoor sculpture – a commission, from some time ago.
Dealing with glazes was something entirely new to me. Always admiring colors of Italian, Japanese, Chinese ceramic, I considered them, nevertheless, decorative…
I remember the breathtaking feeling in the front of a kiln when the door opens and you are the first one to see the works..!
Sometimes I got some beautiful results, but in general – it was a bunch of failures… Nothing even close, to what I would expect… Total disappointment… Some of the works slowly grew on me, but overall it was a failure…
On the other hand, I feel – I’m attracted to ‘’failure’’ – my favorite quote is Beckett’s: “ Try again… Fail again… Fail better…”
It took me some time to see how beautiful those “failures” were…!
Isn’t that something? What do you make out of it?..”
Leonid Lerman, 2018
Carriage House. Second Floor
Predator Country: Wilderness paintings from Montana and Southern California
Climbers Rocks revisited, 2017, oil/board, 20 x 24 inches
“The high Mojave desert of Southern California is wilderness home to the cougar as is Joshua Tree national park with its huge boulders sculpted by wind, sun, and water. Culp’s dynamic painting “Climbers Rocks revisited, “asks for footholds up the near vertical face of these massive granite outcroppings as they tower over the dry scrub vegetation below. The work injects a poetic imperative into painted wilderness experience and reminds us of our unique, and now fragile, heritage of public land.”
Jane Culp, 2018
Carriage House, Third Floor
Alannah In Mori Dress, 2017, oil on canvas, 70 x 36 inches
“The process of painting my subject directly from observation in natural light has always been essential to my work and a jumping off point for exploring intimacy and poetic visual relationships found both in observable reality and the abstract relationships within the painting. In my most recent paintings, I have been working from memory as well, slowing down, and focusing more on allowing visual metaphors to emerge over time. In painting the specific, I am painting the universal.
Alix studied painting at Bennington College and received her MFA from Indiana University. She has shown her work in New York, Connecticut, and Italy. She lives and works in New York City and Taghkanic NY with her two daughters.”
“Working directly from observation but clearly suffused with a classical sensibility, Bailey manages both to channel and to contrast with the wholly invented, steely automata of her father, William Bailey. They share a cool stillness, but distinct in the younger artist is a tender voluptuousness of flesh tones and a creamy, painterly touch that conspire to imply a sense of presentness. The unforced credibility of a sitter inhabiting her own gravity, meanwhile, and the feeling of total compatibility between fullness and ease speak to the empathy of one woman regarding another.”
Carriage House, Fourth Floor
White Light, 2017, oil on linen, 84 x 48 inches
“My motifs are found, not created. They involve an interaction between abstraction and perception, centered on the urgency of a fleeting observation of a moment of light. These observations are of nature, which in our time seems itself to be fleeting.”
Margaret Grimes, 2018
On Saturday, April 28th, there will be an exhibition of constructions by Erin Walrath in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through May 20th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 28th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Unto (the blue study,) 2018, book covers, archival adhesive, approx 20 x 14 x 2 inches
“Somewhere at the heart of my process are memories I cannot quite access, holes that are trying to be mended, an attempt at making sense of things. I see incidental beauty in the worn surface of objects, such as discarded books, that have been battered by time and will soon be rendered obsolete. I dismantle and distill them in the studio, ending up with pieces that feel to me like pixels, brush strokes or individual figures which may then be gathered together to invoke new meaning. In this way, my studio practice often feels like an homage to the comforting processes of nature, which pull simultaneously both inward and outward, constantly rising out of and returning to the most basic of elements.”
Erin Walrath, 2018
On Saturday, March 31st, there will be an exhibition of drawings by John Lees in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through April 22nd with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 31st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
In the Park/Early Morning, 2015, graphite, ink on paper, 11 x 9.125 inches
“…Nerval confessed in one of his progress reports to his editor: the more he wrote, the more he crossed out… only in erasure does the true image of our desire take shape. “
– Introductory note to “Angelique” and “Sylvie” by Richard Sieburth: Gerard de Nerval, Selected Writings — Penguin Classics, 1999
This exhibition is in conjunction with a solo show of paintings by John Lees at Betty Cuningham Gallery (15 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002): March 30 – May 6, 2018
Platinum & Palladium
On Saturday, March 3rd, there will be an exhibition of photographs by Betsy Crowell. The work will be on display through March 25th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
My Pond, 1998, Platinum/Palladium print, 2.25 x 2.25 inches
“As a kid I was a Private Eye. Nancy Drew and Dick Tracy were my heroes.
We used tiny spy cameras. One of mine was worn on my pointing finger.
Not much has changed in 75 years. The hidden, waiting to be found, and the deeply seen still command my attention.
The pictures in this exhibition were taken with film in small plastic cameras and large, vintage view cameras.
Each is handcrafted in a darkroom using the noble metals, platinum and palladium which yield the most beautifully nuanced and exquisite image.”
Betsy Crowell, 2018
On Saturday, February 3rd, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Polina Barskaya in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through February 25th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Pink Bath, 2016, acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches
My recent paintings are of my immediate surroundings. They are usually self-portraits or portraits of my husband in different moments of our daily life. They are a kind of documentation, a way of examining, breaking apart, remembering, understanding the passing of time, and recording the stillness of private moments in a very fast-paced isolating world.
Polina Barskaya, 2018
Sailing to Byzantium
On Saturday, January 6th, there will be an exhibition of work by Martin Dull in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through January 29th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Confusions of a Wasted Youth, 2017, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 92 x 45 inches
Sailing to Byzantium explores a world existing somewhere between our waking life and dreams. Derived from a Yeats poem, it refers to a transformative state where mortal cognizance leads to spiritual transformation.
“…Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing…”
– W.B. Yeats
My goal is simple: to communicate through paint and found objects the many and diverse sensations of being within a non-objective environment. I work abstractly because I am interested in the individual and subjective responses to these forms. Whether or not the state of viewing is consistent, a dialogue will emerge through the experiential nature of the work – opening it to a set of truths that can be discussed and debated by all. The paintings probe the viewer; are you being transported to an excited state? Is there elation, anxiety, feelings of curiosity or disruption? In this sense, my work serves as a bridge from the personal to the public, the intangible to the geographical, while encouraging communication and, ultimately, unity.
Martin Dull, 2018