Transformation Closing this Weekend



 

Transformation closes this weekend! Your last chance to see the spring shows at BWAC is this Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, from 1-6pm

 

There will be live music, spoken word performances, and a closing auction starting Sunday at 4pm. You can read more about the exhibit and the paintings I’m showing here.

 

Hope to see you there!

 


Opening May 12: Transformation, Spring Art Show at BWAC

Panels 258 & 259, with five paintings from The Nature of Being series

 

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.

 

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)
www.bwac.org

 

 

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!

 


Exhibition announcement: The Nature of Being

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I’m delighted to announce my first solo exhibition in Manhattan will be presented by chashama!

 

The Nature of Being
July 20-August 12, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, July 20, 6-9pm

 

485 Madison Avenue, South Gallery, New York, NY (map)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm

 

An exhibition of new organic abstract oil paintings that examine what ecology and natural order can teach us about being more human.

 

I hope you will join me for the reception (there will be Prosecco and cookies!) or come by the gallery during its open hours to say hello and see my newest work.

 


Three new paintings in Rites of Spring

 

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This spring I will have three new paintings showing in Rites of Spring, also presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) at the pier in Red Hook. These pieces are from my current series, The Nature of Being, which explores the human condition and questions of existence through imagery and concepts inspired by nature, especially plant growth and development (artist’s statement).

 


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Unfurling, 2017, oil on canvas, 24″x30″x1.5″

 

Inspired by the petals of flowers uncoiling from the center of buds, this painting is about opening oneself up and having faith in the universe, as flowers show faith in the benevolence of each spring. It is only through trusting and unfurling that we can fully experience life, even in uncertain times.

 


Sanctuary


Sanctuary, 2017, oil on canvas, 24″x30″x1.5″

 

I imagined the leaves of a large tropical plant wrapping around a person and protecting humanity, as a parallel for the way the mind must sometimes protect and provide sanctuary for secret wishes, thoughts, hopes, and fears. By being open to vulnerability and extending oneself freely, we find that the more we give, the stronger and braver we can become.

 


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Effusion, 2017, oil on canvas, 24″x30″x1.5″

 

Based on the fast flow of rivers and streams, this image evokes the movement of water and tides in a sense of openness, if the artificial borders between people were dissolved and our thoughts and better intentions could flow freely and limitlessly between each other.

 

Rites of Spring is on view every weekend May 13 through June 18, 1-6pm with an opening reception this Saturday.

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)
www.bwac.org

 

There are also great performances every weekend and an amazing variety of work on view. I hope you’ll check it out!


Artist’s Statement: The Nature of Being


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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

 

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent van Gogh

 

I believe that nature is our best teacher. As we examine the ways we are intrinsically made of and part of Nature, we discover what ecology and natural order can teach us about being more human. 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. Particularly focused on plant growth and development, this series investigates who we are when we are most ourselves, how we live in significant moments of experience, and what it is to be present and alive as a human animal in a world often at odds with nature. In addition to fostering a sense of personal self-awareness through a visceral, instinctive response to natural imagery, this series aims to promote a reciprocal love and intimate understanding of nature, wherever we may find it, and to cultivate a drive to protect and nurture the natural world, as it protects and nurtures us.