Sunday, January 27, 2008

Peripheral Vision

"PERIPHERAL VISION," a solo show of my abstract acrylic paintings, opens at the Alfred Van Loen Gallery at the South Huntington Library in South Huntington, NY, on February, 9, 2008, and will run through March 6. The Opening Reception is from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the show will be curated by Deborah Katz.

Hoopla - 48" x 60"

STATEMENT: My paintings are energetic, active if not frenetic, and complex. I feel they reflect the complexity and mutability of personal consciousness, as well as the impermanence of what we call “objective” reality. My work exhibits order within chaos, much as we experience a certain order within all the complexity and disorder of both civilization and the natural world.

In my paintings I prefer the ambiguity, freedom and musicality of abstraction. My work is as chaotic as waves breaking on a beach or a swelling cloudscape impinging on a changing horizon. Reality is relative, not fixed. What we call “reality” does not exist in any absolute sense, but only in increments of change. I see the nuances of my subjective reality not in subtle tones, but in patches of bright, swirling color. For me the act of painting is a dance; it connects me to elemental and primordial forces underpinning my life experience. Each time you view one of my paintings, you are likely to see something different, just as in the changing paradigms of the human condition.

As a child I was a “tomboy” and chose active encounter with nature as the platform for my expression of wonder and joy. As active as I was, a quiet part of me savored any kind of visual phenomenon. As an adult I still delight in encounter with nature and love to photograph and write about the beauty I find there. But I also choose to express through form, movement, gesture and color, my own internal reality. This is my way of staying in touch with the wonder of childhood. I feel fortunate that my life has been marked by what I consider to be a profound awe and joy of being.

Oceano - 40" x 40"

Thanks for reading a long post and for sharing this with me. I'll try to take some photos at the show and post them! Since you can't come to the show, please visit http://www.lyndalehmann.com/ to see more of my art!

Cosmos - 36" x 30"

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43 comments:

  1. wow Lynda ....these works are fabulous...I love "Hoopla" and by the sound of your statement I think you must have a touch of Jackson Pollock in you ....
    have you seen the film about him ?

    I would love to be a fly on the wall at your opening....it sounds very exciting and I wish you a wonderful gala and every success with your solo exhibition !!!

    I'm looking forward to hearing all about it and of course seeing your work on show
    (hugs)

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  2. Wow, these paintings are fantastic! Best wishes on your gallery showing, that is most exciting! I don't know if I've mentioned it before but my best friend is an artist and it is just so thrilling to have insight into that world, and of gallery showings, etc. Take care!

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  3. Oh my Lynda these pieces are simply fantastic. Words really can't do them justice.

    I agree with Kim about Pollack, but, I also a touch of Kandisky possibly mixed in.

    I too so wish that I could actually be at the opening. I am so very ,very happy for you.

    My you are just so very,very talented.

    Congratulations on the opening!! I kow you must be excited and maybe a little nervous too? When I used to paint I know I ws always just a tad nervous when it came time for others view my work.

    Of course I certainly was never in the leagues such as you and Kim.

    Oh I simply am sending all of the positive energy that I can measure. I just know you will be a smash hit hands down!!
    ~Jackie

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  4. lynda,
    the profound joy and awe you talk about is expressed through the vibrancy of your work
    thanks and good luck for your show.
    derick

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  5. Lynda these are beautiful, I was wondering when you repost these again. Love what you wrote, and concluded with: 'I feel fortunate that my life has been marked by what I consider to be a profound awe and joy of being' - wow. The last picture full of bright colors is really cool, it is almost like 3D painting. Lovely, and good luck on the show. Anna :)

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  6. Brilliant, Lynda. They're so vibrant. I'd love to visit the gallery one day.

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  7. Kim, I have seen the film about Pollack and enjoyed it. I just hope I'm never as depressed as he was!

    I'd like to be a fly on the wall at my Opening, too, instead of being me! I'm not really one who likes being "On," and for that reason and because of all the work involved, I can't wait until it's over! Then I can go back to PAINTING!

    Hugs to you, my dear. :)

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  8. Shimniok, it's good to see you and thank you for all your support and kind words. They mean a lot to me.

    I'll let you know how the show goes. As I just told Kim, I would rather be a fly on the wall than be me, but I don't suppose I can conjure those genetic changes in time for the show.

    I hope all is going well for you! And for your artist friend....

    Have a great evening! :)

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  9. Jackie, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Yes, I am somewhat nervous. Painting is such a personal and freeing and joyous act, and it becomes something so different when you know you are going to see it all together in a well-lit room, where both friends and the public are invited. Then what was so free and spontaneous and joyous becomes open to criticism--which I don't mind if it's not mean-spirited or coming from closed minds. But we can not count on either of those, can we?

    Thank you again for your very encouraging words! :)

    xxx

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  10. Derick, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. That's really quite a compliment! My gratitude to you... :)

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  11. Anna, thank you and thank you again! I know you know the same creative joy I do, when you're out with your camera! Creativity is such a blessing, and I never forget how fortunate I am to have a strong creative drive!

    Hugs to ya!

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  12. Thank you, David! You're welcome to come on over, but if I have my way, I'm going to be a fly on the wall by then, lol...

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  13. I really enjoy your abstract work Lynda. Best wishes on your showing.

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  14. Such wonderful paintings Lynda!
    The commentary was so apt that flowed with the strokes of your brush.
    All the very Best! looking forward to more to come...lol

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  15. Beautiful, colorful and energetic.

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  16. Hi Lynda - thanks for commenting on my photo of the tower of Philippe le Bel in Provence...I was beginning to forget about that little old photo album!

    Your name sounds somewhat familiar. Are you on NYFA.org or the NYSD pages?

    Anyway, I share your love of antique cars - I drool whenever I see one in the street - and once built a plum and chrome model of that Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth hot rod that came out a few years ago. (Forgot the name.)

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  17. Oh Lynda these are fabulous. I used to live in the neck of the woods that your show is in and wish I was still there so I could support you in person. Best wishes with your show I know it will be extraordinary. Blessings and good luck! I will tell all my friends and family back there to go see your lovely work!

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  18. Hi Lynda - you must be so excited! I wish you all the best on your show!

    The "Cosmos" is so beautiful - love the bright colors and the composition is perfect!

    Look forward to hearing how it all went for you.

    Take Care,
    Kathy

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  19. Hey Lynda, I love abstracts, you can make them what you want, very cool colors

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  20. Beth Ellen, thank you for your good wishes and support! :)

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  21. merging point, i know what you mean: my brush does move almost as fast as my mouth, lol!

    thanks for stopping by, and i'll see you soon!

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  22. olivia,

    hello and it's nice to meet you. i do like old cars, but mostly for their design and pictorial quality.

    i'm not a member of those orgs, but who knows--we might have run into each other before in the blogosphere! and we surely will visit again!

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  23. tangled stitch, as per my comment on your blog, if your family comes to my show, please have them introduce themselves and say hello.

    thanks very much for your kind wishes! :)

    xxx

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  24. Kathy, yes, I am excited, especially because I painted two paintings today that I actually LIKE! :)

    But I've been so busy, and I can't wait til it's over!

    Of course, now that "Cosmos" will be unavailable while it's in the show for a month, someone inquired about it yesterday! Timing is everything, lol...

    Thanks for your kind words, Kathy!

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  25. Bob, I always appreciate hearing from you and as I told you, your new look over at your blog is SUPER!

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  26. Hello Lynda,

    Congratulations for your solo show *clap clap clap*! :D
    If I come to NY until that March I will drop by to check it out, cause from the beautiful image (Hoopla) that you presented us I can already imagine the rest of the collection :D! You are extremely talented *bowing*!

    "What we call "reality" does not exist in any absolute sense, but only in increments of change." - very good, I agree with you. This is why I often ask people "what is reality exactly?" when they step up to me saying "this is real life, reality!" *nodding*...

    I loved "Oceano", it is gorgeous!!!!! Cosmos is also a great piece of art: congratulations :)!

    I will drop by your other site to check it out :D!

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your marvellous show *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  27. Hi Lynda - As others have said, these paintings are fabulous. I love all these but my favorite is 'Cosmos'. Good luck with your show!

    With all this going on, I don't know if you've time for a meme, but I've tagged you anyway. You can find all about it at my blog...

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  28. ah yes Lynda
    I think Pollack's problems with alcohol didn't help his situation at all...
    so what are going to do for the next 9 days? :) seeing you are all ready to go :)
    wow and it looks like Cosmos has already sold !
    that's fantastic news...and you haven't even opened YET... :D

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  29. Max, I bow to you for your inquiring intellect and of course, I'm happy that you agree with my statement about the nature of reality.

    If you want to see the show, you have to come over NOW, lol, because it will be up for only a month!

    Thanks so much for your support and kind words about my paintings. And it was a special treat to find you had signed my Guest Book at lyndalehmann.com.

    I'll be over to read your latest post shortly....

    Hugs across the ocean, my thinking friend!

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  30. secret simon, i'm so happy that you've visited! and thanks for your kind words.

    i have no time for a meme right now and as always, i'm late on awards and stuff. but thanks for tagging me and i'll try to do it soon, although i am going away to visit family the week after my show opens!

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  31. Kim, I'm going to paint more, of course! (I killed an old painting today by going back into it.) And clean my house, and my studio. And then there are the bills and checking over everything for the show.

    I'm never bored and it seems i'm never NOT busy. So I'm sure I won't be lacking for things to do. And with all the time I've spent neglecting my exercise routine these past weeks, I have some make-up work to do!

    Maybe I'll even have time to post a bit.

    Have a great day, Kim!

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  32. Hi, very impressive they are. and thanks for the link btw. :)

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  33. Lynda, Absolutely beautiful! As you know, I'm going to try to make it to your show. I'm looking forward to it.

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  34. I know where I saw you since I asked that question - Palm Springs Savant - so maybe that's where I saw you there before...!

    Best wishes with the exhibition.

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  35. You have a great imagination, as well as a potential and rich talent… I like your work, it's like dream, many seem windows that open to other worlds most complex. It´s crazy, it´s fantastic, it´s oniric. You’re creativity it´s not limit. You´re force image is rich of sensivity, great work! I´m from Chile and if you have time, please visit my own site on…

    www.iggiart.blogspot.com

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  36. GORGEOUS! I love Hoopla, your work is so rich and I love the colours and layers. All the best with the opening.

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  37. Kriz, thanks for stopping by, and you're welcome for the link!


    Barbara, I hope you can make it to my show so I can meet you! What fun to meet a favorite fellow blogger! :)


    Secret Simon, it's nice to see you, and thank you for tagging me. I'll try to do the meme soon! As always, I'm behind on memes and such...


    Kim, "Cosmos" didn't sell yet. It was just a price inquiry! Hope she comes back!


    Iggi Art, I'll be over to look at your site. Thanks for your kind words!


    Jafabrit, thanks for your support and best wishes! :)

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  38. Best of luck with your show and beautiful paintings. Your photographs are very well crafted as well. The first painting in this collection really appeals to me. I love the textures and forms you created.

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  39. Boyd, thank you very much. If you mean "Hoopla," that's a very joyous painting. It's 4 x 5 feet, and I had it flat on a large table while I worked around it from all sides. I was practically dancing while doing a somewhat controlled "fling" of all those colors. Thank goodness I was working in a huge garage space for that piece, and could be very active. At home, I have to be much more careful and inhibited.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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  40. wonderful! i've found you in another corner of the web. hoopla is a joy and the gallery showing looked like it went well. must be fantastic to reach people through your creativity. well done :)

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  41. Thank you for your comment, Laila!

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