JULY 24 — SEPTEMBER 3
Opening reception, Saturday July 24, 5-7PM
Andra Norris Gallerry is thrilled to present delightful new paintings, large-scale color photography, and mixed media from four especially talented artists who work in diverse ways to interpret the world around them.
Acrylic paintings from Swedish-American visual artist Charlotte Bernstrom poetically explore and depict nature and humanity’s place within it. Juxtaposing nature-inspired fields of color over earth-like stained and textured canvas, and taking inspiration from Abstract Expressionism and European Impressionism, the autobiographical works are rooted in landscape but lean toward abstraction. The complex, earth-like surfaces in Bernstrom’s paintings direct viewers toward a consciousness of their place in the natural world, which evokes an emotional response that may also encourage better care of the Earth.
Large-scale photographer Troy House celebrates people’s primordial attraction to the beach. He travels the world capturing iconic, breathtaking scenes – often from a bird’s-eye view — from the world’s most beautiful known and secret places. The grand, limited-edition photographic prints fuse landscape with figuration while exploring global cultural themes. The mesmerizing images, with their precision detail, also afford us an opportunity to examine a moment fixed in time in “paradise.” Works in the exhibition include scenes from Mexico and from Puglia and Amalfi, Italy. This is Troy House’s first exhibition with Andra Norris Gallery.
Jane Kim inspires people to love and protect the Earth, one work of art at a time. Taking cues from the great tradition of science illustration, she creates masterful works that are relevant to important issues of the moment, which consider the relationships between endangered species and humanity, as well as how technology is shaping urban ecosystem and our own sense of place and belonging. The exhibition features 10 new paintings and one new, life-size print – the Ostrich – from Kim’s “Wall of Birds Mural” at Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York.
Irene Zweig furthers the tradition of color field painting by creating a unique palette from her own abstract watercolors that are deconstructed into triangles and meticulously reformed onto wooden panels. Contemplative harmonious balance is a constant in Zweig’s abstract paintings that loosely reflect land and water and generally take their titles from classical music. The work bridges American Impressionism, specifically pointillism. Thoughtful and intriguing, these three new mixed media paintings from Zweig are highly structured and extremely beautiful and fascinating works.