The gallery will be closed for the month of December, reopening January 2nd, 2014 with the paintings of Mark Tambella.
On Thursday January 2, there will be a solo exhibition of Mark Tambella’s new paintings. The work will be on display through January 26th with a reception for the artist on Saturday January 4th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Mark Tambella is presenting a continuing group of new paintings seeking to locate the aesthetics of objects in the dream space of painting. Whether from composed still life of arbitrarily selected objects to arbitrarily selected landscape; each seen and selected and painted from multiple vantage points there remains the qualities of a group of imagined small scenes. Using various painting translucencies to layer these changing colors and forms over each other, sometimes scraping away these effects, the exposed light and dark markings produce a movement which animates these scenes with sympathetic characters.
On Thursday January 30th, there will be a solo exhibition of the works of Judith Simonian. The work will be on display through February 23rd with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 1st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“These acrylic paintings, exhibited for first time with John Davis Gallery, begin with imagery culled from anything that passes by my field of vision, from my own travel photos, found pieces of imagery in magazines, a gathering of colorful scraps of trash that look like they want to be a painting. Spatial contradictions delight me. It seems natural and descriptive to tear away into other graphical contexts and reassemble visual elements into a number of exciting an irrational ways.
The surfaces can get thick and suggest another life having been lived underneath the final layer. This is not by design but because they begin with a firm intention then almost always take a sharp turn and go in another direction altogether. Perhaps that is the appeal lately of painting fish. Or is it just the thrill of loading a brush with different colors and noticing how it animates the canvas.
Sometimes I stick something in that makes no sense at all and it ends up being the main event. An artist once told me my paintings were like a high wire act. They either make it big or are a miserable failure. That’s just what makes painting a great thing to do. You can take the miserable failures and turn them into something that surprises you.
Phillip Guston said it is “illegal” to understand your own paintings and I couldn’t agree more. The meaning comes from the act of painting and the subject takes you around the world.”
Judy Simonian, November, 2013
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