Janie Paul


September 8 – October 3. 2015

Reception : September 12th, 3-6 pm

The Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Proximities, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Janie Paul.

In the watercolors, simple organic shapes create gestures of human and natural existence. With purposefully irregular contours that bring us close to drawing, the not quite geometric shapes approach, touch, reach, nestle and accumulate into relationships that feel familiarly fundamental. A high horizon suggests landscape; it is a terrain of both interior memory and essences of observed phenomena. The atmosphere radiates luminous color in a broad spectrum of light and dark.

The color pencil and graphite drawings on wood are textures of closely woven tiny marks in which unrecognizable but familiar objects float close to ground lines and horizons that double as stripes and patterns. They evoke interior and exterior space, containment and flight, and the co-habitation of intimacy with immensity.

The watercolors and the drawings breathe with a quiet presence that draws us into their orbit. In both, we sense the proximity of what is simultaneously hidden and what is revealed.

Janie Paul is an Arthur F. Thurnau professor art at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and is the senior curator and co-founder of the Annual Exhibitions of Art by Michigan Prisoners, a project of the Prison Creative Arts Project. She has an MA from Hunter College in Painting and a PhD in Art Education from New York University. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York, New England and Michigan.


Website: www.janiepaul.com


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