On Saturday, March 2nd, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Ron Milewicz. The work will be on display through March 24th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 2nd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Sun and Oak, 2019, oil on panel 24 x 18 inches
“The paintings in this exhibition are from two different places and times in my life. The earlier works are from the borough of Queens in New York City while the later ones are from the rural Hudson Valley town of Gallatin, New York. The paintings were made either from direct observation or from drawings that were made from direct observation. It is important that they are connected to a particular place and also important that they leave that place in some way. I am interested in the light and atmosphere of where I am working. I restructure each site as an image through means that are simultaneously intuitive and rigorous. Through the translation of a location into paint, I arrive at another location.”
On Saturday, February 2nd, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Rachel Rickert in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through February 24th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 2nd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Worship, 2018, oil and oil stick on canvas, 30 x 30 inches
“The home and other private spaces set the stage for repetitive actions. The closer I look at these routines, the more obscure they become. As a painter, I aim to capture instability within the activity of the figure and within the marks themselves—a state of between. Digesting my intimate world, I break down repeated behaviors; looking closer at domestic spaces; playing with both my attachment and detachment to what surrounds me.
I paint patterns to better understand them, yet with each study, they become less tangible. Undressing is the same every day, but when I obsess over the actions in this ritual, the image becomes unfamiliar as the body is contorted, shifting and shimmying. Suddenly what was so automatic becomes claustrophobic, what is ordinary is awkward, desperate, violent, and ridiculous. Figures appear trapped or enclosed by their own routine surroundings.
Currently, I am absorbing bourgeoning domestic patterns and discrete moments of my new life. Watching, and being watched. I am thinking about distance within intimacy, giving up of solitude, holding something so close it hurts.
The process of painting becomes part of the final image, as layers of decisions are revealed between firm and final moments. I am interested in an active looking experience for the viewer that mirrors the painting experience, where there is no place to rest. A constant search dominates the spectator and artist, finding solidity, then losing it again— playing between seeing the image and seeing the paint.”
On Saturday, January 5th, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Brian Rego in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through January 27th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 5th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Oxford Square, 2018, oil on board, 11.25 x 16 inches
“A mirror is simultaneously looked at and looked through, yet its inherent quality is that it reflects the image of what is before it. This reflection is unbiased, save the character of the glass, the condition of light, and the state of the viewer. What is a painting if not a mirror? When I stand before a painting I am presented with a form, an image, and a set of ideas and experiences valued by the painter. I am also presented with my own reflexivity if the work is able to conjure something in me and I am able to receive the provocation of the painting. Tiny Mirrors is the name of the collection of work I have made over the past two years. The process of making these paintings has been one of consideration and confrontation; each reflecting something that is indirectly autobiographical and personal.”