PAUL GARLAND: CONFLUENCE
A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings
On View at Geisel Gallery from May 9 – June 22, 2013
Artist Reception at Geisel Gallery, Thursday May 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
PAUL GARLAND: IN RETROSPECT
A Solo Exhibition of Large Format Watercolors
On View at AXOM Gallery from May 9 – June 22, 2013
Artist Reception at AXOM Gallery, Friday May 31 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM
AXOM Gallery is delighted to present two solo exhibitions of paintings by one of our most popular and prolific artists, Paul Garland. Both shows will run simultaneously, providing an opportunity to see a rare collection of watercolors from the 1980’s and new paintings created during this past year.
The Geisel Gallery located within Bausch & Lomb Place in downtown Rochester will have on view Garland’s new work. CONFLUENCE aptly describes this exhibit which merges 2 series of work, one series being the non-objective abstract paintings which has defined his work for last 40 years and the second series is a group of expressively subjective landscapes which Garland has been developing over the last 10 years. Out of these two series, Garland has recently created a third which he refers to as the Juncture paintings.
In the non-objective abstract work Paul Garland has successfully created his unique visual language through techniques of pushing, pulling, taping, combing, brushing, spraying and scraping acrylic paint to form its own universe of color and texture. The juxtaposition of shapes weaving in and out of this paint nebula brings depth and focus to the compositions. In the Juncture paintings Garland creates one painting out of the pairing of the landscape image with the abstracted image on one picture plane allowing us to experience the familiar along with subconscious
AXOM Gallery, In the Neighborhood of the Arts, will be exhibiting a collection of large format watercolors which Garland created in the 1980’s. In 1982 many of these pieces were part of an exhibition which opened at the Everson Museum of Art and then traveled to five major galleries throughout the U.S. During this period, Garland’s work could be seen at the Ellen Sragow Gallery and the Elizabeth Weiner Gallery in NYC. Dr. Peg Weiss who was guest curator at the Guggenheim discovered his work and encouraged Garland to present this exhibition, stating that …”His work with watercolor on large format paper was indeed unusual and a highly successful application of this technique in contemporary American painting”. These pieces are as fresh and exciting today as they were 30 years ago and they continue to inform and influence Garland’s current work.
Paul Garland is a graduate of R.I.T.’s Fine Arts Dept. and is a Professor of Art Emeritus at SUNY Oswego. He has produced art continuously over his four decade career from his studios in Fair Haven NY, NYC and London. His work is in many private, corporate and university collections including the Everson Museum, Memorial Art Gallery and the Charles Rand Penny Collection. His many group and solo exhibitions and collections can be viewed on the AXOM Gallery website.