Objects familiar, objects recalled: for Tricia Townes, the specific items she uses to populate her paintings are about memory captured, made concrete and less fleeting. “End of the Reign” is initially an interpretation of the last days of the monarch butterfly. Townes takes it further and relays her strong feelings about the environment, one that is decimated by pesticides and GMOs. In “Elmyra” Townes casts herself as a young girl she knew who obsesses over her beloved animals, much like the eponymous cartoon character, Elmyra Duff, whom Tricia was enamored of. In each painting, Tricia’s family life is revisited through a cherished object or two that belonged to her grandmother.
Alluding to ideas of freedom, growth and spirit, mixed-media artist Karen Gibbons finds beauty in what has been discarded or overlooked. In her new work, she creates wall reliefs out of raw, found materials. Images, colors and textures are layered on surfaces with collage, acrylic, pastel and oil stick. Gibbons’s process—an ongoing theme in her work—is to fine-tune elements so that they sing out in harmony.
Photographer David Stock is showing photographs from “Metropolis,” his ongoing series that was seen at a solo exhibition at the gallery last year. These new photographs continue his exploration of the graphic qualities of the NYC cityscape. Stock’s pristine printmaking of imposing architecture and infrastructure, with all its unintended visual puns, is evident through the formal black and white studies that are printed using highly-pigmented inks on fine-art watercolor paper. Stock started walking the streets of New York with a camera at the age of 14, quickly falling in love with both photography and the city. He still finds the city a wonderful place to walk with a camera.