This spring I will have five paintings from The Nature of Being on view at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) spring members show, Transformation. Using the shapes, rhythms, patterns, and colors of nature, these abstract oil paintings explore questions of existence, belief, personal philosophy, time, and the layered narrative of consciousness we maintain throughout a lifespan.
Panel 258, featuring Origin Stories, Arpeggio, and What Might Have Been
The paintings on this panel explore how we are transformed by time and experience, regarding the self as ongoing, fluid, and open to change.
Origin Stories, 2017, 24″x24″x1.5″, oil on canvas
Based on two overlapping leaves, this painting considers how new beginnings grow out of past experiences, as in the cycles of the seasons. Trees are nourished by the leaves dropped in the fall, giving them the strength and resilience to bloom again the following spring. As humans, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before, and we must be mindful we did not get where we are alone, taking care to give support to the future.
Arpeggio, 2017, 24″x24″x1.5″, oil on canvas
Looking at the phyllotactic pattern of leaf growth like notes in an arpeggiated scale, we can see the music of nature. Music does not exist without time, and so too are the moments of our lives more meaningful over the melody of time. The more connected we are to the rhythms and patterns of nature, the more harmonious our existence may be.
What Might Have Been, 2017, 24″x24″x1.5″, oil on canvas
Envisioning the paths we might have taken in our lives as wormholes or pathways through the multiverse, this painting also evokes our primordial origins and the transformations every living thing has taken throughout time to get to the present moment.
Panel 259, featuring Permeability and Try Everything Twice
The paintings on this panel look to nature as a guide for how to appeal to our better natures, learning lessons and gaining insight from flexibility, openness, and receptivity to experience.
Permeability, 2017, 30″x40″x1.5″, oil on canvas
Inspired by undulating sedge grass underwater and light dancing on its surface, this painting is a reminder to embrace qualities of fluidity and allow experiences to change us. As we become more permeable to other people and the world, we gain more of ourselves in reflection.
Try Everything Twice, 2017, 24″x30″x1.5″, oil on canvas
Mae West said, “I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to be sure.” This painting uses tropical-colored symmetry and exuberant leaf forms to celebrate the joy of being bold and finding adventure everywhere… then doing it again.
Transformation is on view every weekend May 12 through June 17, 1-6pm, with a Meet the Artists Opening Day Reception on May 12th and live music and performances every weekend.
In addition to Transformation, BWAC is also hosting Wide Open, works on a broad theme of openness; Recycle, works made with recycled and repurposed materials; In the Groove, original album cover art; and Dominica – After Maria: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser with works by Caribbean artists benefitting the Caribbean Emergency Disaster Management Agency (CEDMA).
I will be at both the Opening Day reception and working at the closing day auction on June 17th, where you have the opportunity to bid on small works by exhibiting artists, including my little painting Renewal, also from The Nature of Being series.
I hope to see you there!