Lunacy

Lunacy, June 25 - July 24, 2016, curated by Eric Hibit

Lunacy, June 25 - July 24, 2016, curated by Eric Hibit

MATTHEW F. FISHER: The Rose of Nowhere, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 28

MATTHEW F. FISHER: The Rose of Nowhere, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 28" x 22" (left), Night and Day, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 40" x 25" (right); John Dilg (far right)

JOHN DILG (left) and JJ MANFORD (right)

JOHN DILG (left) and JJ MANFORD (right)

JOHN DILG: Early Bird, 2014, oil on canvas, 11

JOHN DILG: Early Bird, 2014, oil on canvas, 11" x 14" Courtesy of Jeff Bailey Gallery

JJ MANFORD: Full Moon Wanderer, 2016, Acrylic, gouache, wax pastel on polypropylene, mounted to panel 24

JJ MANFORD: Full Moon Wanderer, 2016, Acrylic, gouache, wax pastel on polypropylene, mounted to panel 24" x 20"; framed

MATTHEW F. FISHER: New Moon, 2016, acrylic on canvas over panel. 8 3/4

MATTHEW F. FISHER: New Moon, 2016, acrylic on canvas over panel. 8 3/4" x 8" (left) / JJ MANFORD: Twilight Wanderer, 2016, Acrylic, gouache, wax pastel on canvas over panel (right)

JONATHAN COWAN: selected works, 2012-2015

JONATHAN COWAN: selected works, 2012-2015

JONATHAN COWAN: Triangles Collapsing into a Void, 2015, Solvent transfer and cotton thread on canvas, 13

JONATHAN COWAN: Triangles Collapsing into a Void, 2015, Solvent transfer and cotton thread on canvas, 13" x 10" (detail)

JONATHAN COWAN: selected works, 2012-2015 (left) and LUC PARADIS (right)

JONATHAN COWAN: selected works, 2012-2015 (left) and LUC PARADIS (right)

LUC PARADIS: New Moon Rising, 2016, wood and acrylic, 12

LUC PARADIS: New Moon Rising, 2016, wood and acrylic, 12" d Courtesy Parisian Laundry, Montreal

EVEREST HALL: All Souls, 2010, Oil on panel, 12

EVEREST HALL: All Souls, 2010, Oil on panel, 12" x 12" (left); Moon, 2009 - 2010, Oil on canvas, 36" x 48" (right)

Lunacy June 25 – July 24, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, June 25, 6-9pm

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to present Lunacy a group exhibition featuring the work of Jonathan Cowan, John Dilg, Matthew F Fisher, Everest Hall, JJ Manford, and Luc Paradis. The exhibition is curated by Eric Hibit.

“The moon is a lock of witch’s hair

tawny, and golden, and red

and the night winds pause and stare

at that strand from a witch’s head”

– Aureila Frances Plath, from Voices and Visions (a documentary on Sylvia Plath) produced by Annenberg Learner, 1988

The moon has a long history of captivating painters. Since the beginning of Modernism, painters such as J.M.W. Turner, Ralph Blakelock, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Georgia O’Keefe, and Arthur Dove have represented the moon for poetic and personal ends. The artists in Lunacy work in this legacy and push the subject to new expressive realms.

John Dilg, Matthew F Fisher, JJ Manford and Luc Paradis use the moon as a visual anchor that orients the viewer in space. For them, the moon is a point on which to rest the eye as a fantasy world takes shape. Everest Hall represents the moon with intense realism, and in other works uses the moon as a gateway to abstraction and painterly freedom. Eschewing outward representations of the moon, Jonathan Cowan uses the conventions of landscape and atmosphere to speak of mysterious celestial bodies, lovingly rendered in embroidery.

For more information, contact Eric Hibit at erichibit@gmail.com

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