Sharyn Finnegan: Time/Travel

Sharyn Finnegan: Time/Travel – January 2 –26, 2008

Blue Mountain Gallery takes pleasure in announcing Sharyn Finnegan’s exhibit, Time/Travel, from Jan 2 until Jan 26.  It is the tenth solo show of her career and the most varied and rich to date.  It includes landscape and self portrait paintings, drawings, wall text and a podcast downloadable from her website,  The images come from the coasts of England, Iceland, Newfoundland, Denmark and around her NY and Vermont homes.  A few paintings span observations made over a twenty-five year period.  Change, whether from light or time, is the major subject.  With the podcast and wall text, Finnegan contextualizes Time/Travel from her journal writings.

Time also dictates her technique, working slowly and deliberately on still subjects in sunshine with oils or pencil or working fast and loose in charcoal on more ephemeral subjects such as fog.  The latter reflects her interest in Chinese literati painting, as does the most recurring subject of mountains and water.  Depending on the situation, Finnegan’s work can leap from 4″x 6″ to 30″x 40″, or from very horizontal to very vertical.  She deliberately resists the easy packaging of consistent scale, shape or subject seen in most commercial shows.  Believing that variability and complexity is closer to our real lives, she wants her work to reflect this and chooses an artist cooperative gallery to give her this freedom to show what she wants, how she wants it.  This commitment to artists’ empowerment extends to an exhibition she is curating, Better Than Ever, in the 2008/09 season, mapping the history of women artists in cooperative galleries over the last forty years.

Finnegan is presenting a free lecture, What Happened to the Great Goddess and What’s It Got To Do With Us?, open to the public, on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan.12 at 6 PM in the Blue Mountain Gallery.

Finnegan was born in 1946 in NYC.  She has exhibited with the Prince Street Gallery, the Roswell Museum of Fine Arts, NM, as well as other venues since the 1970s.  She has done many artist-in-residency programs internationally, including the MacDowell Colony, and, the most recent in 2007, the SIM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland.  She is currently on the faculty of Parsons The New School of Design, NYC, and is scheduled to have another solo exhibit in 2008 at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester.