Anne Diggory: Turbulence

January 3 – 28, 2012

Opening Reception: January 5, 6-8 pm

Closing Reception: January 28, 4-6 pm

Blue Mountain Gallery presents Turbulence, an exhibition by Anne Diggory that includes recent paintings and mixed media works with dynamic instability in motif and medium. The turbulence, from slight to extreme, occurs in waters, skies and tabletop arrangements. Hybrid works combine sections of photography and painting in a multi-layered process. In these, the surface of the artwork is disturbed by the abrupt and gradual transitions between modes of representation. Further disruptions, slightly tempered by stable horizons, occur with deep spaces, off-kilter compositions and irregular perimeters that energize the work.

The signature piece of the show, “Stop-time: the Fish Creek Blues,” was created for an exhibition honoring Louis Armstrong and improvisation. The stop-time musical format used by Armstrong employs a rhythm that is set by the percussion and then pulls back to allow space for the solo. To evoke that musical structure, Diggory inserted her manipulated photo of the rhythmical bridge into a digitized version of a plein air painting of the swirls of water created by the vertical stick measuring the flood level. She then continued to paint on the printed version to bring out the dramatic solo of the ever expanding swirls.

Diggory began one group of works in the exhibition while she was the artist in residence at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Another group is based on sojourns at the beaches of Long Island and South Carolina. Several Lake George images were inspired by her research on the painting locations of the 19th century painter, John Frederick Kensett.

Anne Diggory has painted out of her studio in Saratoga Springs, New York, for over 30 years and has been featured in Adirondack Life, American Artist Magazine, and The New York Times. She is known for her combination of carefully observed detail with expressive painting and strong abstract structure – an outgrowth of education at Yale and Indiana University and many years of exploring and painting the natural world.

The almost full set of works in the exhibition can be seen at