7 New Artists: Recent Work

Alakananda Mukerji, Burton Van Deusen, Suzie Buchholz, Geraldo Perez, Barbara Segal, Jeanie Wing, Gina Sawin

February 2-27, 2010

Reception Thursday Feb 4th, 6-8 pm

The Blue Mountain Gallery presents the work of seven artists — new to the gallery – in a varied and exciting show.See individual artist pages for additional images.

California artist Suzie Buchholz’s work is a joyous explosion of color, movement and light. Her mixed media abstract paintings play vibrant colors against deeply layered drawings and artifacts.

Alakananda Mukerji grew up in India on the River Ganges. She says memories, media, materials – bits of canvas, pieces of the past — anything she can get hold of — become her art. She works in watercolor, finding its free-flowing quality ideal for experimentation.

Geraldo Perez says that when he starts to work on a canvas, paper, board or object it is always a journey of discovery. He juxtaposes photographs of people and objects with marks that highlight, hide, push back and pull forward to achieve tensions and chaos within a unity of color and space.

Gina Sawin has found an intriguing motif in shore and water birds. As they hover, ascend and descend, they connect earth, water and sky suggesting “delicate ecological balances and a spiritual – and perhaps tenuous — connection to the planet.”

Barbara Segal works in New York City and in Springs on the East End of Long Island where the changing light and seasons inspire much of her work. She works directly from nature, expressing her feelings for the light and rhythms of the natural world

Jeanie Wing’s paintings reflect her appreciation of the richness of natures colors and the movement of light and shadow. She is inspired by having spent time living in the woods as a child, observing wild flowers and feeling the beauty of the Earth. She says “Here’s to ecology.”

Burton Van Deusen paints invented landscapes. His recent work has mostly abandoned references to terra firma as such, with “narrative clouds” struggling for color, movement, space, densities…fighting to claim their place.” He says of these landscapes “I paint them like Miles Davis plays his trumpet.”