Just in time for spring, Gallery 1261 presents Spaces, a fresh, new survey of city and landscape works from a wide range of artists. This exhibition presents a variety of works, each one radiating a strong sense of the artist’s that created them, and while the subject matter itself may not be new, what remains is the notion that within these genres the interpretations are endless.
From the hyper-real works of Dianne L. Massey Dunbar and David Gluck, to the dreamy works of David Grossmann, to the abstract landscapes of Timothy Wilson, there are works from all parts of the spectrum.
The ways in which we perceive our environments are based on numerous factors. Our personal backgrounds shape us and in turn help create those idiosyncrasies that make us individuals. They finely tune how we interpret the world around us. These notions are exemplified through the myriad of different styles of paintings that are on display in this exhibition. Each one distinct from the next, the aspects of one city or outdoor scene that catches the eye of one artist may be completely different from that of another.
In landscape works like “Vermilion Cliffs” by Andrzej Skorut the viewer is presented with a panoramic scene. While Skorut skillfully details the foreground, it is the canyon and plateau in the background that are the most drawing. The wide expanse of the land in front of him is captured beautifully and succinctly. The cityscape, “New York City” by Derek Penix displays the hustle and bustle of a metropolis from an almost aerial perspective. While each building is distinct from the next the entirety of the scene melds together, fully capturing the harmony that exists just below. While the two pieces depict completely different scenes, a sense of calm and quiet can be found in both. As these are just two examples amongst a large survey of artists, it is important to draw such parallels while also emphasizing how much variety can be found within both city and landscape works.
What Spaces presents is not only a wide range of subject matter but more importantly, a wide range of points of view. Each of these artists has created a work that exposes the viewer to a snapshot of their perspective. The title of the exhibition serves to add to this notion as well. While the term Spaces may on the surface seem generalized, on a deeper level it speaks to those specific places that captivate and engage both the artist and viewer, resulting in an exhibition that is sure to delight and inspire.
Participating artists: Suchitra Bhosle, Gordon Brown, Scott Burdick, Mark Daily, Dianne L. Massey Dunbar, Greg Gandy, Ulrich Gleiter, David Gluck, David Grossmann, Daniel Keys, Jeff Legg, Michael Lynch, Jim Morgan, Mikael Olson, Derek Penix, Matt Smith, Andrzej Skorut, Kevin Weckbach, Timothy Wilson, Jordan Wolfson, and Zhaoming Wu.