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Conversation: Landscape Paintings as Movement at Rest

Conversation: Landscape Painting as Movement at Rest is an art exhibition that explores the idea of mobility in painting. The artists in this show, Mary Vernon, Barnaby Fitzgerald, and Lin Medlin, raise questions about how an immobile image holds memories of space. The show is also a stimulating consideration of the notion that the act of making and perceiving art is a many-sided process that allows artists and viewers to see and explain the world in independent and different ways. The artists and the public welcome the idea that there is great value in promoting an artistic dialogue that highlights each of the artist’s personal perspectives, concepts and styles. With this examination in mind, the featured artists celebrate the fact that, instead of looking alike, their works differ significantly. This realization makes them see their collective show as a remarkable occasion to engage with one another in a cordial conversation of somewhat dissimilar artistic languages.

The paintings from this show were selected to reveal how the artists identify motion in an immobile work of art. The artists suggest that the movement of the eye and the body in the real landscape leaves a trace in the painted one. They observe that we move in space to see forms, and our painted image, although stationary, is a reminder of those experiences. That image, they claim, retains everything or most of what was specific about the space that inspired the work of art.

In the catalog that accompanies the exhibition, the painters state: “How does a painting called River mean the walk to its bank, the putting of a toe in the rapid water, and the seeing of the water as it sweeps away against a bank of gray stalks? So still a thing as a painting, deliberately unshifting, can only hold vision in a trance. The trance remembers each shift and collision of sensations as the landscape was seen. You might ask: is the viewer expected to find motion within the immobile work?”

The art pieces by Mary Vernon and Barnaby Fitzgerald are presented courtesy of Valley House Gallery of Dallas.

Date

August 31, 2019 to September 28, 20196:00pm

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