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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