Friday, September 8, 5pm-9pm
The new paintings of 2023 are awash in nostalgia. Working with the sfumato technique, developed by Leonardo da Vinci, these works combine formal spatial elements from modernism and postmodernism with the contemporary use of soft focus. The result is a hazy, dreamlike vision of the world that is both familiar and strange.
These paintings are redolent of memory and time. They evoke a sense of something that has been lost or forgotten, but which still lingers in the subconscious. The blurred lines between representational imagery and abstraction suggest that our understanding of the world is always incomplete, and that there is always more to be seen.
As art editor Josie Thaddeus-Johns puts it in his article for Artsy (https://t.ly/uu1ms), "The hazy nostalgia of [this style of] paintings reminds us that sometimes, a blurry suggestion can be more evocative than a crystal-clear depiction. As with dreams or distant memories, some things become more clarified only with distance."
These paintings are a meditation on the nature of reality and the power of the imagination. They invite us to look beyond the surface of things and to see the world in a new way.
The building has an elevator.