I attended the opening reception of the latest show at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery with the intention of finding one exhibiting artist to highlight and interview. It immediately became obvious that I would not be able to choose just one. The current show is so varied–so abundant–that I have to share it all.*
I became intrigued with Ginny Herzog‘s architectural paintings months ago when I discovered two small pieces at the gallery. Her work is unusual: She uses oil and cold wax (a very interesting process that is new to me), piecing together diverse architectural elements into a new form. One of the unique aspects of her works is that they can be hung more than one way; there is no “right” perspective on most of them.
Kate Gray‘s watercolors show phenomenal talent. Rays of light break through here…shadows fall across there. These are gorgeous paintings, all inspired by a visit to Italy where the artist spent her days reconnecting to beauty and life. Each painting in this series (Bella Connections) is paired with a poem written by Gray. The poems give the works an added depth, allowing the viewer to dive deeper into the artist’s experience of rediscovering beauty (bella). Many will walk away inspired to do the same.
I usually find myself walking by ceramics after a quick look, but Dawson Morgan‘s pieces made me pause. It wasn’t color that stopped me; it was shape. The wispy edges, the folds, the curves, the draping…it feels organic and sensual at the same time. I was transported to other places while gazing at her work: an autumnal forest with dry and crispy leaves, a dress maker’s studio with yards of silk piled all over, a shallow stream with water gently moving around stones.
Joel Sager is a prolific local artist, so chances are pretty good that you’ve already seen some of his work. I find it fascinating that he uses roofing tar in his paintings; there can’t be many artists out there doing that. His series of barn paintings elicits adjectives that aren’t usually used for depictions of the American countryside: deep, gloomy, hopeful, dreamy, intense. I feel like he’s showing me a world that isn’t our own, and I am eager to jump in and explore.
The exhibit (which runs through December) also includes work that isn’t covered here, including a thought-provoking series on books in art (art in books…art as books…book art…), with intallation pieces and items to handle and even take home. Ask the staff to explain these works; I got so much more out of it after I took a few minutes to ask questions.
*Note: I am not a photographer. Everything looks much better in person; you’ll have to see it for yourself.