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 3 are:
Gael Mooney, Nagib Nahas, Naomi Nemtzow, Iris Osterman, Hearne Pardee, Thaddeus Radell, Deborah Rosenthal, Dena Schutzer, Tony Serio, Rachel Siporin, Esme Thompson, Grier Torrence, Ian Tornay, Evelyn Twitchell, Carolyn Virgil
Below are selected works from Then & Now: Part 3: