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"Remembrance" will remain on view through September 30th.
“Remembrance” strikes a cooler note this month. With great success, the gallery has rounded up some of their favorites in subtlety and minimalism. Here are the players:
Michael Moon achieves zen-like clarity in his paintings. He has returned to his pronounced minimal gestures, three interlinked circular forms, invoking the spirituality of trinity. Highly textured, his calm surfaces barely suggest the impassioned internal discourse, which lead the painter to this moment of transcendence.
Youngjin Han brings formulaic minimalism to new heights. His monochromatic “Ground of Grace“ paintings contradict their initial simplicity, allowing the settled eye to discover a myriad of faint textures and nuances that draw the viewer into a meditative, blissful trance.
Abstract Expressionist Marlene Capell’s large “Portal” painting hangs suspended from the ceiling, and floats in space like a monolith. Taking inspiration from ancient architectural sites, Capell confines movement and color to her signature rectangular forms. The effect is somehow awe inspiring, as if one were gradually being drawn into a tunnel, as if this possibly were the portal to another world.
Amidst these subdued tones, Gerald Green breaks the tension with a lovely layered color field canvas in soft yet vibrant pinks and yellows…lending focus, as good works often do, to the color accents of surrounding works, which might otherwise go unnoticed.
Woven into this serene landscape are the hauntingly beautiful sculptures of Rene DeLoffre. His heads and human forms seem like silent inhabitants of this world, at once primal and futuristic, prompting us to contemplate the time continuum and our place in it.
Another compelling figurative contribution is Francis Calimlim’s painting “Becoming” – in which a Gandhi-like figure is floating upside down and appears, at first glance, to be a mirror image of itself. We mistake feet for hands, which are covering the figure’s ‘face’, and his folded arms for crossed legs. The painter playfully upends our sense of gravity and orientation.
Janet McCarty's paintings explore color and structure in the way archeologists discover the earth. Her intricate layers create the perfect balance between color and light, allowing us to build our experience incrementally as we move into the center of each piece.
Providing the other end of the continuum, Michael Ruffini’s deep reds and dramatic gestures play out on the canvass like a symphony – they are the powerful counterpoints to the otherwise contemplative ambiance that the exhibit creates.
Gil Mares contributes the last remaining ship-hull photograph of his special collector’s edition. This special edition of 6’x4’ prints on metal was created exclusively for the movie “The Company Men” (starring Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones). Mares’ “Harbor Abstracts” series is internationally acclaimed for revealing the unexpected beauty of its industrial subjects.
John Rivette creates a tasteful balance in his drip-techniques explorations; introducing just enough color to engage, yet share focus and transition us back into the world outside.
Reception 7-9 p.m.
Artist talk at 7:30 p.m.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery