Red Hook’s Everyday Poetics on View at Sears-Peyton Gallery
Exhibition Title: Kathryn Lynch: A View of One’s Own, Part II
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m.
New York, NY— In the second of Kathryn Lynch’s two-part exhibition A View of One’s Own, the artist’s gestural impressions of her experiences and environment in Red Hook, where she lives and works, paint New York’s busy industrialized waterway with freshness and intimacy. Lynch’s associative process of gathering impressions, memories, and feelings of her experiences (often while walking through the city) results in evocative paintings that experiment formally as they imbue everyday places and ordinary objects with a gentle poetic gravity. In these works, Lynch recollects and reinterprets the workaday world of Red Hook with her signature blend of painterly acumen, cultural allusion, and wit, offering it back to viewers with new resonance.
While the first part of this exhibition featured the painter’s works based on experiences on Shelter Island, the second focuses on Lynch’s familiar surroundings near Brooklyn’s industrial buildings and waterways. In one work, Sun and Boat, a green-black hulled ship dominates the center of the painting. An enormous orange sun hovers above it like the iconic orange orb in Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, drawing upon both the painter’s lived experience of the ships that sail past her studio window and the history of painting. In combining the everyday world with the broader cultural sphere in her paintings, Lynch renders scenes that are metaphor and balm for the passing of time. “I think all my paintings are about time passing,” Lynch says, “You’ve got to let things go to know what they were—or are.”
With their strikingly different atmospheres, yet related painterly forms and surfaces, this two-part exhibition of Lynch’s works offers a view from the artist’s perch as keen observer, cultural producer, and witty commentator. Among the boats, bridges, and seagulls, we find the familiar cadence of Lynch’s fluency with brush, light, space, and something more ephemeral—the shape and color of fleeting moments pressed through the reassuring materiality of paint.
“Kathryn Lynch: A View of One’s Own” is on view March 17 – April 9, 2016 at Sears-Peyton Gallery’s Chelsea location at 210 Eleventh Avenue. There is an evening reception March 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sears-Peyton Gallery is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays. For more information or to request further press images, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.