Saturday, November 7, 2015 3-5PM
Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, MA
Thursdays 12-4pm and by appointment.
Drive-by Projects is pleased to present Inspired, an exhibition of paintings by Wendy Edwards and Eva Lundsager. This exhibition recognizes Edwards' and Lundsager's long-time commitment to abstract painting, and their shared interest in the natural world as a point of departure for their work. Both artists also acknowledge a debt to certain iconic painters who have inspired them to inspire us.
Wendy Edwards' vibrant, tactile paintings are her response to Van Gogh's iris and rose series from his last week at the asylum in St. Remy. Faded over time, those works, two irises, two roses, have inspired Edwards to imagine VanGogh's lost hues. Her lush, vaguely floral forms, reminiscent of female body parts (a breast, cheek or bottom), are presented against broadly painted, layered grounds. Ever a colorist, Edwards creates effects ranging from pulsing understatement to riotous ribaldry as she pays homage to Van Gogh's enduring, exuberant bouquets.
Eva Lundsager uses what we tend to think of as classic Abstract Expressionist painting techniques: drips, dabs, washes, gestural brush strokes. But when asked about influences, she cites visionary landscape painters such as Marsden Hartley and Charles Burchfield. Balancing on the tenuous edge between image and no image, real and imaginary, Lundsager's dripping, pooling, squiggling shapes coalesce to create topsy-turvy quasi-landscapes. Paint is the boss in her work. As she shifts from carnival colors to foreboding grays and purples, Lundsager allows the paint to dictate a narrative of "impending change, systems uprooted and indeterminate evolution."
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