Two Converging Solo Shows
This Fleeting Moment
This dual exhibit breaks new ground for Alpers Gallery. First, we're featuring two veteran artists who have never before shown with us, not a single piece.
Italia is the first occasion ever -- not just in Andover, not just in New England, but anywhere -- that top-tier commercial photographer George Petrakes has publicly shown his personal work. It's. About. Time.
George's stunning large-scale photographs reveal the alchemy that arises when an unwavering eye and a painterly sensibility merge with technical mastery.
Here's the first challenge I've laid down in 18 years of curating and installing exhibits: Try viewing Italia, both its individual prints and its overall effect, without feeling riveted.
In This Fleeting Moment, oil-painter Cameron Schmitz
presents a feast of exuberant abstractions. These are airy, ethereal, light-filled compositions that dance before our eyes. They pop with crisp paint dabs of leafy forms that coalesce, swirl, curl, shiver, flutter, and quake in implied light breezes and across fields of contrasting underpaint, which might be sky, or water, or skin, or dream, or aspiration.
Despite their essential dissimilarity, Cameron's oils play remarkably well with George's photographs. Her air, his earth; her dervish movement; his concrete pictorial detail, her capture of the quicksilver sense impression; his observation of the external and eternal, her revelation of the slippery inner state.
And then, there's color. Hanging side by side, his work and hers build serendipitous bridges of color across an intervening chasm of blank wall.
Those connections from his palette to hers, and vice versa (the closer you look, the more they proliferate), lead us to notice how each artist works color -- and color relationships -- to guide our eye, to tap our shoulder, to stir our imagination, to punch up or smooth out our pulse, and to liberate us, at least for this fleeting moment, from the nagging concerns of our time.
Double Vision runs through November 20, 2017.
Gallery Hours, through November 22, 2017
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Wed. 10 - 5
Thu. 10 - 5
Fri. 10 - 5
Sat. 10 - 4
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