Part 1: April 13 – May 15, 2021
Part 2: May 18 – June 19, 2021
Part 3: June 22- July 24, 2021
The exhibit can be seen online at artsy.net and via padlet from the Bowery Gallery website: www.bowerygallery.org.
The Bowery Gallery is pleased to present: “Then & Now”, a three-part online show which features the 36 Members and 11 Associate members of the gallery. Each artist was asked to consider how their work has changed and evolved over time by selecting one recent and one early work. Artists also wrote a brief statement of reflection to offer the viewer (and themselves) further insight into their artistic journey.
Examining one’s work through the lens of time can reveal new perspectives and provide a deeper understanding of what makes one do what one does. In 1908 at the age of 39, Henri Matisse wrote in “Notes of a Painter”: “I feel very strongly the tie between my earlier and my recent works, but I do not think exactly the way I thought yesterday. Or rather, my basic idea has not changed, but my thought has evolved, and my modes of expression have followed my thoughts. I do not repudiate any of my paintings but there is not one of them that I would not redo differently if I had it to redo. My destination is always the same, but I work out a different route to get there.”
Years later at the age of 82 he reflected again: ” There is no separation between my old pictures and my cut-outs, except that with greater completeness and abstraction, I have attained a form filtered to its essentials……..”.
The exhibit reveals how the artistic journey is a distinctive experience that manifests in a variety of ways. A common thread throughout is the underlying conviction that artists evolve by continually exploring and creating that which is deeply personal.
The artists in Then & Now – Part 1 are:
Martha Armstrong, Kamini Avril, Rita Baragona, Temma Bell, Monica Bernier, Robert Braczyk, David Bradford , Simon Carr , Glen Cebulash, Audrey Cohn -Ganz, Anne Delaney , Colleen Franca, Diana Cabouli , Barbara Grossman, Suzanne Guppy, Richard La Presti
Below are selected works from Then & Now: Part 1:
“In looking back over the last decades, to my surprise, I find that I have been engaged by the same pictorial ideas, but have approached them in many different ways. These two works (separated by 32 years) are constructed in a frontal space, and one that attempts to activate the entire rectangle, using improvisational color.” David Bradford
“As the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. I would like to think that in this juxtaposition of paintings, made some twenty years apart from one another, the through line is apparent enough. Perhaps it’s only natural, even consoling in a way, to be able to say, “see, this thing I’m doing now makes perfect sense; it’s just another chapter in a coherent narrative”. Glen Celubash
“When I left art school in the 1970’s I didn’t at the time quite grasp how a search for form would come to dominate my professional life. Form that is resonant with a sense of felt life has always been my goal. Both “Insane Man Walking” and “Pile”, though forty years apart, strive to achieve that core objective. That amazes me”. Robert Braczyk