Thursday, March 31, 2011

Press Stuff

I am finally focusing on my upcoming show at Ceres Gallery in NY. I often ask myself, why a NEW YORK co-op, and not a DC one, like Touchstone? Touchstone is looking good. But New York is my heart's home. So there it is.


I have a nice press release draft which I'll post right here, along with the image that will go with it.

This is called Autumn Light/Blackfish Creek (encaustic on wood, 14x14"). Someone will buy this eventually. I can tell. Here is the text of the press release, so far at least. I may edit it.

”A Sense of Place”, a one-person exhibition of encaustic paintings by Marilyn Banner, will be on view at Ceres Gallery from April 26 – May 21, 2011. In this work, Banner combines drawing and painting in the luminous and tactile medium of encaustic, creating richly layered and highly textured works based on landscape. Energy, rhythm, and light predominate.

All the works at Ceres are inspired by a particular place. The artist uses a broad range of techniques, from careful and subtle layering of glazes to active, energetic brushwork, incised paint filled lines, scumbling, and scraping. Evocative, semi-representational imagery is imbued with a strong sense of abstraction and brings to mind the work of Turner, Soutine, and recent paintings by David Hockney. The visceral and active surface, though never the main focus of the work, appears to be alive.

Banner’s approach is both poetic and contemporary, reaching for depth and resonance in the viewer and creating a sense of longing. The paintings in “A Sense of Place” ask us to slow down, to breathe, and to recall our often forgotten and deep human connections to the earth. They nourish on that deep level.

The opening reception will be held on Thurs. April 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

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