Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 29 May 2015


PHILIP SLEIN GALLERY

presents the exhibition: Jefferson, NY

Opening reception Friday, May 29th, 2015 from 5-8PM

Joan Nelson, Untitled 785, 2015, Ink and spray enamel on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches


Over the past twenty-five years many artists who had studios in New York City have moved to more relaxing environments.  Often they locate in the quiet small towns of the Hudson River Valley, a few hours away from Manhattan, where studio space abounds, the cost of living is low, and the pace of life less frenetic.

One of these towns is Jefferson, New York, which is the home of the artists in this exhibition: Joan Nelson, Don Powley, Nancy Shaver, Kevin Larmon, and Editha Mesina.  Jefferson is a town with a population of about 1,200 founded shortly after the Revolutionary War.  It has been noted for its architectural landmark – a thirteen sided barn.  Soon it may become better known for the artists who have chosen to live there.

Commonality of place has allowed an exceptional diversity of form yet all have an intensity of purpose.  Kevin Larmon’s paintings, emerging from nature, reference the play between the known and the abstract.  Nancy Shaver’s collaged objects utilize the overly familiar to create a fresh look in a new space altogether. Don Powley creates a fresh look at language by inclusion and exclusion, while Editha Mesina’s self-portraits  and Joan Nelson’s landscapes haunt our way of looking at what we thought we knew.


Nancy Shaver, Density, distraction, light, 2013, wooden blocks, fabric, acrylic paint, house paint,
oil paster 25 x 25 x 3.5 inches


PHILIP SLEIN GALLERY
4735 MCPHERSON AVE
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63108
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