In her third solo show at Bowery Gallery, Lynn Kotula continues on the theme of the still life on the tabletop. Charged by visual tensions, these lively paintings remind us that the “simple” still life, fully realized, is neither simple nor still.
Neither accidental nor found arrangements, her paintings are built from objects – pitchers and shells, squash, knives, cloth, cup and pie pan arranged to encourage a conversation between the color and shape of the objects themselves and the color and shape of the spaces they carve.
Lemons, Lime, Avocado-Milk Glass Cake Stand, oil on panel, 16”x 12”, 2017
Tiger Squash, Onion and Striped Napkin with Palette Knife, oil on panel, 8”x16”, 2017
As straightforward as Kotulas’ paintings might appear at first glance, it is clear that she is interested not in description, but in establishing rhythms that allow the abstract elements to speak. To quote Mark Webber, “Depiction here is a matter of essences, not specifics. She arrives at appearance with carefully felt color choices which appoint planes and edges in proximity.”
Pink Cup and Tiger Squash, oil on gessoed paper mounted on panel, 11”x20”, 2017
And as John Goodrich wrote in his review of Kotula’s 2012 exhibition, “Lynn Kotula finds a deeper reality in vital forms. Minuets between fruit, vegetables and tableware capture the interior lives of these ostensibly inanimate objects.”
Garlic, Onion, Zucchini and Tiger Squash with Ramekin, oil on panel, 9” x 16”, 2018
And, of her 2016 show Goodrich wrote, “Kotula’s …..small still life’s…..show the power of color—of not just tone, hue and intensity, but also that inexplicable quality of density or pressure–to re-enact the working of light.”
Eggplant, Shell, Lime and Lemons with Small Creamer, oil on panel, 10” x 18”, 2018
Oil Can with Funnel and Shell, oil on canvas, 15”x27”, 2018
Kotula’s work has been exhibited in seven one-person shows at Prince Street Gallery in New York City, and at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and the Clark House Gallery in Bangor Maine. She has also been featured in numerous group shows: at Watson-MacRae Gallery, Sanibel Island, Fla., at Westbeth Gallery, Lohin Geduld Gallery, Lori Bookstein Gallery and The Painting Center in NYC; at The Contemporary Realist Gallery in San Francisco; at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Montecastelo, Italy; and, as a member of Zeuxis, throughout the US, most recently at the Lancaster Museum of Fine Art in Lancaster, PA and at MICA, in Baltimore, MD.
The show is Nov. 27 – Dec 22 at Bowery Gallery. It runs concurrently with “Tony Serio/ Urban Nature”. The opening reception is Saturday, Dec. 1, 3-6 PM.
You can see more art work by Lynn Kotula at: www.bowerygallery.org/kotula
Visit Lynn Kotula’s website: www.lynnkotula.com
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Diane Drescher ——–